PETALING JAYA - Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is a flip-flop politician unable to make up his mind, said MIC treasurer-general Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari.
"Dr Mahathir is what we can describe as a flip-flop politician who cannot seem to make up his mind on various issues such as BR1M, GST, candidate for Prime Minister, investment by China and various other topics," he said in a media statement issued here yesterday.
Vell Paari cited the example where Dr Mahathir was now courting China to join a new economic pact agreement with Asian countries similar to that initiated by the United States via the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
"Dr Mahathir's U-turn comes after he criticised China for the country's investments in Malaysia, particularly in Forest City, Johor.
"What Dr Mahathir said in Japan comes as no surprise as he has been consistently changing his stand on various issues, be it in politics or economics," he added.
Dr Mahathir had reiterated that he would consider becoming prime minister again "for a short while" if there is consensus and no other candidate for the post.
In a report by the Nikkei Asian Review published on Tuesday, he said it is possible he could return to the premiership if the Opposition wins the next general election.
He also said the exit of the United States from the TPPA would pave the way for a more "equitable" deal for Asian countries, suggesting that members of the pact should instead invite China to join.