Dr M should stay on as PM, says Azmin

Mohamed Azmin Ali says Dr Mahathir Mohamad should serve the full 5-year term of PH’s mandate.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali today repeated his call for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as prime minister throughout Pakatan Harapan’s five-year mandate, amid claims that he secretly met a former Umno leader to stop Anwar Ibrahim from taking over the top post.

“Give full support to Mahathir to continue leading, as this will be a guarantee to investors that the political landscape in Malaysia is stable and the economy is on the right track,” he told reporters at the Parliament today.

Azmin also dismissed a claim that he had secretly met former defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein to hatch a plan to stop Anwar from replacing Mahathir as part of a succession plan agreed by Pakatan Harapan.

“How is it possible to elect a government for only one or two years?” he asked.

“It is only a backdoor government if there are those who want to topple the administration within one or two years upon election.”

The economic affairs minister said all talk of power transition should stop in the interest of the country’s economy.

“There is already a lot of uncertainties out there. Both foreign and domestic investors are concerned that this situation will persist.”