KUALA LUMPUR - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has snubbed DAP's offer to work together with him to "bring down" Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Despite his recent attacks against the Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir said: "No, I'm not working with anyone to bring down Najib, certainly not the Opposition."
On Saturday, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said he was ready to put aside past problems and work with Dr Mahathir if that was what it would take to save the country.
In contrast to the DAP veteran leader's call, the party's Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh Deo said such a partnership was an "unimaginable disaster waiting to happen".
Lim has recently told Malaysian students in Egypt that he was even willing to work with Dr Mahathir to "save Malaysia" from its failing policies.
Speaking to reporters at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday, Dr Mahathir further said that the problem was within Umno itself.
"Prior to the 13th general election, many Umno members had pledged their support to Najib. Thousands had attended rallies to show their support. Many held the 'I Love PM' and 'IM4U' placards. But at the end, after the general election, his performance was worse than Pak Lah's (Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi)."
Dr Mahathir said such rallies did not bear any meaning and such support did not convert into votes.
"The people who have come out to support him were giving him the wrong impression that he is popular and has the full support of the people. Believe me whenever I talk to the people, almost none of them supports him. You can see this too from the responses in my blog."
Dr Mahathir said that he was not alone in wanting the Prime Minister to step down but was also the wish of the people including Umno members.
"Whenever i meet people they tell me that I am not alone in this and they are with me. So it is not me alone in this. There are many who want him to step down," said Dr Mahathir, adding that Najib's resignation would be good for the party and the nation.
Dr Mahathir also urged Najib to understand the sentiments of the people - the majority of whom did not support him and wanted him to go. Citing himself as an example, Dr Mahathir said he too left despite having the support of the people.