No agreement on Dr Mahathir as PM for only two years: Saifuddin

01 Jan 2019 / 15:06 H.

KUANTAN: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s term as an interim prime minister was never discussed at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council’s meeting, according to its secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Saifuddin, who is also Foreign Minister, today said PH only made the decision that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would be appointed to the post after Dr Mahathir.

“PH only made the decision and agreed that after Tun M (Dr Mahathir), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the next prime minister, we didn’t discuss the rest as they understand each other.

“They both should be able to determine the best time for transfer of power and so on,” he said when asked whether there was a concrete agreement for Tun Dr Mahathir to serve as an interim prime minister for only two years.

Saifuddin, who is also Indera Mahkota MP, was met by reporters after attending a motivational workshop on Form Six students at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Astana, here.

The issue of the transfer of power was brought up by several delegates at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) annual general assembly over the weekend, who suggested that Dr Mahathir be allowed one full term in charge.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election, Saifuddin said the decision on which party to contest would be made at a PH presidential council meeting on Friday.

He said that PH would normally allow the same party to contest and for the Cameron Highlands by-election, the seat it had previously been contested by DAP.

At the same time, Saifuddin said, there was no request from other component parties to contest for the seat.

The Cameron Highlands by-election was called after the Election Court declared that the results in the Cameron highlands parliamentary constituency was null and void after ruling that corrupt practices were committed to garner votes.

Nomination for the Cameron Highlands by-election is on Jan 12, while polling day will be on Jan 26. — Bernama

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