Mahathir wants nonpartisan govt if picked as Prime Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that he will form a new nonpartisan government if he is elected to return as Malaysia’s prime minister, as the king completed two days of consultations with lawmakers to resolve a political vacuum caused by the abrupt collapse of Mahathir’s ruling coalition. Breaking his silence two days after his shocking resignation, Mahathir confirmed that his Bersatu party ditched the alliance last Monday in a bid to form a new government with the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the party of disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak, who is on trial for corruption, and a fundamentalist Islamic party (PAS). More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin