Malaysia: Only Pakatan presidential council can decide on PM, says Dr Mahathir

  • DR Mahathir Mohamad reiterated that only the Pakatan Harapan presidential council will determine his position as prime minister.
  • Dr Mahathir said the suggestion by opposition members of parliament that he remains prime minister until the next general election was only their opinion.
  • But Dr Mahathir said he could not set a specific time frame for the transition of the country’s leadership.
  • “I promise I won’t stay too long, but I think based on my past experience I can try to correct all the wrongdoings of (former prime minister) Datuk Seri Najib (Razak). When I am satisfied, I will not continue (as prime minister) but I cannot give the specific time as the country is in a really big trouble that we cannot easily solve.”
  • Economic issues should be the topmost agenda at Pakatan Harapan presidential council meetings, according to Anwar Ibrahim.
  • The others were Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was PKR president at the time, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

  • The PKR president’s statement follows proposals for the council, which is the ruling pact’s highest decision-making body, to discuss the prime minister succession plan.
  • “The presidential council can discuss it, but we need to focus on the economy and let our prime minister lead the administration effectively,” he told reporters in Gombak.
  • “For the time being, let (Prime Minister) Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) continue with his work.”
  • On 26 Oct 19, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin said the transition of power from Dr Mahathir Mohamad is unavoidable but needs to be studied.
  • “I think it can’t be avoided. When the time comes, the transition of power will happen. The matter that arises is when, who… so I say let us study the matter. There are Pakatan Harapan leaders, it is best the matter is discussed.”
  • Muhyiddin, who is also home minister, was among four leaders who signed the agreement on the power transition before the 14th general election.
  • The others were Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was PKR president at the time, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
  • As for a transition date, Muhyiddin said he could not recall whether a specific date had been set in the agreement.

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29-Oct-2019


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