KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has criticised G25 member Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail for his remarks that the group of prominent Malays was not convinced that a replacement for the Prime Minister would do any better.
Dr Mahathir said Tawfik was "entitled to say what he likes."
"Obviously he (Tawfik) came to the meeting with bad intentions. In front of me he even appeared to be supportive but behind me, he says something else," Dr Mahathir said at a symposium on corruption on Wednesday.
Tawfik had revealed in a recent interview that the group met with Dr Mahathir on two separate occasions this year, where the topic of replacing Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was raised.
Tawfik said the group refused to get involved as they wished to remain non-partisan and were not convinced that Najib's replacement would fare any better.
"We first met Dr Mahathir earlier this year to discuss Islam and the constitution when he broached the subject of a change in leadership.
"I countered by saying: what makes him think replacing Najib would be any better? At that time, Muhyiddin (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) was still deputy prime minister," Tawfik said.
G25 later issued a statement distancing itself from Tawfik, saying his views were his own and did not represent those of the group.