No clear majority, wait for special Dewan vote, says Dr M

PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the next prime minister may have to be decided when a special session of the Dewan Rakyat convenes on March 2, as there is no clear majority established on the formation of the next government.

“The King has asked all MPs. They have made statutory declarations but he is not sure, so he wants them to make another statement.

“He cannot find anyone with a distinct majority,” he told reporters today after announcing the economic stimulus package at the Prime Minister’s Office here.

To get a majority, he said the right choice would be the Dewan Rakyat.

“So the Dewan Rakyat will be called on March 2 in order to determine if anyone can get majority support to become the next prime minister.”

However, if the Dewan Rakyat fails to find a person with a majority, then we will have to go for a snap election, he added.

During the press conference, Mahathir added that he will not be prime minister if he is not chosen as a candidate.

“So whoever wins (the prime minister’s post), I will accept them.”

Yesterday, Mahathir had appeared on national television to offer a public apology over his decision to resign as prime minister earlier this week.

He asked to be given the opportunity to find a solution to the ongoing crisis.

He said he felt such a solution lies in the formation of a government that is free of partisan politics.

He also felt that it was not the time for him to step down as he was supported by both sides and had asked to be given time.

But he said his party, PPBM, decided to leave Pakatan Harapan, which saw the fall of the coalition.

As a result, Mahathir said, if PPBM threw its support for PAS and Umno, the parties that had lost in GE14 would be the ones forming the government.

Mahathir said, unlike Muhyiddin, he was only willing to accept Umno members who had left the party and could not accept having Umno as a party in the coalition forming the new government.