KOTA BHARU: DAP veteran leader Lim Kit Siang should not dispute the length of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s term as prime minister, said PPBM vice-president Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.
He said Lim should not have issued a statement to sound as if Mahathir was not willing to step down as prime minister.
“We can see that Dr Mahathir is still capable and has his own vision of setting the country on the road to recovery. So, there is no need for other leaders to interfere by issuing such statements.
“Moreover, Dr Mahathir has often said that when the time comes, he will step down and I am confident he will do so. But for now, as long as he is still capable and as long as he has the support of the people, he will continue to be the prime minister.”
He said this to reporters after presenting tithes to 311 recipients at a zakat presentation ceremony organised by Kota Bharu PPBM’s economic bureau and Koperasi Wawasan Malaysia Berhad (Kowamas) here today.
Rashid was commenting on Lim’s statement saying that he was prepared to step down from politics and would not contest in the 15th general election (GE15) if Mahathir fails to honour his word to hand over the premiership to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
He also expressed confidence that Anwar would be able to continue Mahathir’s legacy after taking over the position.
Rashid also advised leaders of Pakatan Harapan component parties not to issue statements that could offend parties within the coalition.