I’ll step down now if PH wants, says Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said he was prepared to step down immediately if asked to do so by Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council.

The prime minister, asked to respond over calls for him to hand over power to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim in May – two years after Mahathir’s return to the top post – said it was up to the PH top council to decide.

“As far as I’m concerned, if you want me to go now, I will go now,” he told reporters here.

However, he said the matter needs to be decided by all four parties together “whether they want me to go or not to go”.

The four parties in PH are PPBM, DAP, PKR and Amanah.

No decision yet on Cabinet shakeup

Mahathir also said he has yet to decide if there will be a Cabinet reshuffle this year.

“Reshuffling is not an easy task because it should not only be accepted by me but also the four parties in the coalition,” he said.

There has been speculation that the Cabinet will be reshuffled following Maszlee Malik’s resignation as education minister on Jan 3.

The Cabinet has agreed to Mahathir’s appointment as acting education minister.