Filmed by King Chai Woon; produced and edited by Tom Griggs
There are so many things to do, so many wrong things to be corrected. And the worst part of it is that the machinery of government has been corrupted, and we have to rely on that corrupt machinery, because we can't dismiss everybody. We have to work with them.
We need to do away with some of the unnecessary projects. For example, the high-speed rail, which is going to cost us 110 billion ringgit, and will not earn us a single cent that will be dropped. And there are many other agencies set up by the government meant mainly in order to support the government politically. These agencies will be closed down.
Before China claimed the South China Sea, I was very supportive of China. I pointed out to a lot of people, including the Japanese, that we knew the Chinese for more than 2,000 years, they never conquered us. We came into contact with the Europeans in 1509. Two years later, they conquered us. So we keep on telling people that we are more afraid of the Europeans than of the Chinese.
But of course, the China of today is a very powerful China. The second most powerful economy in the world. And I'm quite sure it will have a lot of ambitions, but I don't think it will extend to conquering countries.
Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. It would be a great thing for North Korea. It would be a great thing for South Korea.
I have no plans, at this moment, because I'm still uncertain as to his way of doing things. He changes his mind so quickly, and then reverses it. For example, he wants to meet the president of North Korea, then he doesn't want to meet, and now he's saying that maybe this is going to happen. I don't know how to work with a person who changes his mind overnight.
When I was in power, I was not authoritarian. That is a label given to me by my opponents, and I accepted that, because all opponents must demonise their opponents. So they say that, but please remember that, when I was prime minister, I led five elections in which I won very comfortably, two-thirds majority. If I am so bad, I would have suffered the same thing that Najib suffered.
Why did he lose? Because the people reject him. If he had been like me, he should have got to a two-thirds majority. So there is no similarity at all between him and me, under the same laws.