KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam should quit over months-long pro-democracy protests and predicts Beijing would send its military to end the crisis.
Mahathir, the world’s oldest leader at 94, says Lam “is in a dilemma” as she is caught between obeying China’s ruling Communist Party and trying to appease angry citizens.
Speaking in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, Mahathir said: “She has to obey the masters (but) at the same time, she has to ask her conscience. Her conscience says the people of Hong Kong are right in rejecting the law.”
Mahathir says that for Lam, the “best thing is to resign.”
Just like China sent the military to crush the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in Beijing, Mahathir says, “I think in the end, that is what China will do” in Hong Kong.