Stop discussing power transition in public, Anwar tells PH

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim says he has assured Dr Mahathir Mohamad of his support.

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has called on Pakatan Harapan (PH) members to refrain from discussing the transition of power in public after several PKR MPs had suggested Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad hand over the leadership in May this year.

Anwar urged PH members to respect the consensus that was agreed upon in January 2018, adding that he had already given Mahathir his assurance that he would support the prime minister during his tenure.

“PH and Mahathir have repeatedly stressed their commitment to fulfilling the process of transition as promised.

“So we should respect the decision so that it happens peacefully and orderly,” he said in a statement today.

Yesterday, pro-Anwar group Otai Reformis renewed calls for a specific date to be set for the transition of power.

It also criticised Mahathir and the Cabinet, saying there was nothing to be proud of in the past 20 months that the prime minister had led the country.

Mahathir, 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.

He recently suggested that the handover could happen after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Kuala Lumpur in November.