PETALING JAYA: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today came out with guns blazing against several Pakatan Harapan leaders for repeatedly urging Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down and make way for Anwar Ibrahim.
The PPBM Youth chief named nine PH leaders from PKR and DAP, whom he accused of going back on a consensus to allow Mahathir to lead the government.
They include DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh, P Ramasamy and Ronnie Liu, as well as Anwar’s supporters in PKR Syed Husin Ali, Johari Abdul, Abdullah Sani, Akmal Nasir, Rafizi Ramli and Syukri Razab.
“It’s been hardly two to three years since Tun M became the prime minister, but they are already urging him to resign. How can Tun M administer the country if every day he is pressured and attacked by those considered as Anwar’s allies?” he asked in a statement today.
Syed Saddiq said the PH leaders calling for Anwar to replace Mahathir were not putting the nation’s interest first, adding that they should solve the internal problems in their own parties.
“Get your house in-order! Stop demanding for our democratically elected prime minister to step down and please respect PH’s consensus!” said Syed Saddiq.
Mahathir has recently come under pressure to specify a date to hand over power to Anwar, as agreed by PH leaders before the 2018 general election.
The prime minister, who returned to the top post following PH’s victory in the 2018 general election, has repeatedly stated that he would keep his word to step down after about two years.
Mahathir recently suggested that the handover could happen after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Kuala Lumpur in November.
Syed Saddiq said Mahathir had repeatedly made it clear that he would hand over power to Anwar, as agreed by the PH presidential council in the run-up to the 2018 polls.
“We also agreed that Anwar will replace Tun as long as the consensus is respected,” said Syed Saddiq, who is part of the coalition’s top council.
“Every time he was asked about the transition, he would categorically state that he would give up his post to Anwar.”