Mahathir pledged to continue criticizing his handpicked replacement Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, suggesting the country's deputy leader as his successor.
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak should be the next leader, Mahathir said.
``What I am trying to do is to save UMNO from bad leadership,'' Mahathir, 80, told reporters today at his home after meeting the prime minister yesterday. ``I will continue until there is some change. In the course of time, the deputy prime minister should succeed the prime minister.''
Mahathir's comments suggest the two-hour discussion with Abdullah failed to end months of feuding. Mahathir has accused the prime minister of jeopardizing economic expansion and achieving nothing since taking over in 2003. Abdullah had said he hoped the meeting might resolve the dispute.
Mahathir said he didn't ask the prime minister to step down yesterday.
``I was there to tell him what I am not happy with,'' Mahathir told reporters. ``I was not going to suggest what he should do. It's up to him to decide what to do.''
Somewhat ironical, Mahathir also complained Abdullah has turned the country into a police state.
"I pointed out to him that firstly this country has become a police state because any time anybody who invited me to give a talk would be called up by the police to withdraw the invitation," Mahathir said.
"I told him I will continue to make criticism. I will go on in my usual way but I do hope that this habit of asking the police to frighten people should stop and my civic right should be restored and I have a right to speak to UMNO and any audience I like," he added.
This isn't a nice Hari Raya present for Pak Lah.
It's seems the war had just began. The previous tiff was just small battlecries.