Dr Mahathir said the event would have been the best platform for Najib to address the allegations and issues raised by the people about him and his administration.
Dr Mahathir said, even he would have thrown his support behind Najib had the PM succeeded in providing a thorough explanation of the financial state of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
"I came to hear his explanation. I was hoping he would offer good explanation and I was prepared to extend my support to him. But, he did not come to explain and so I am not able to support him," he said at a press conference after the event was cancelled by the police.
He said he was also quite upset that Najib did not turn up at the event.
Dr Mahathir also stressed that he will continue to explain to the people on the 1MDB issue.
The former premier has been Najib's harshest