Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday Carrie Lam should quit her post as Hong Kong Chief Executive and warned Beijing would take “harsh action” to end the demonstrations.

Mahathir – who at 94 is the world’s oldest leader – said Lam “is in a dilemma”.

“She has to obey the masters, at the same time she has to ask her conscience,” he told a press conference.

“Her conscience says that the people of Hong Kong are right in rejecting the [extradition] law.”

“But on the other hand, she knows the consequence of rejecting the law.”

“For the administrator [Lam], I think [the] best thing is to resign,” Mahathir added.

Referring to the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, Mahathir said eventually Beijing sent the military in and “took action, harsh action to put an end to the demonstration.

“I think in the end, that is what China will do [in Hong Kong].” (AFP)