PETALING JAYA: A new deal in Pakatan Harapan (PH) to return Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister could effectively see the coalition government collapsing again should the veteran leader refuse to step down within the stipulated timeline of six months, a DAP leader has revealed.
Loke Siew Fook, DAP’s organising secretary, said this to allay fears that Mahathir would not make way for PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim if PH agrees to make him prime minister in the event the coalition gets to form the government again.
“PKR has 38 MPs. Without them, Mahathir cannot continue to govern. Each party will be able to bring down the government by itself if they pull out,” Loke told Malaysiakini.
“If the promise is not kept (by Mahathir), PKR has the option to force an election by that time,” he added.
FMT had earlier reported that PH was planning to re-nominate Mahathir as its prime ministerial candidate, but with Anwar as his deputy.
It was also reported that Mahathir would serve until the end of the year, after which Anwar would take over.
Loke, who confirmed that such a proposal was mooted, was responding to criticism from PKR leaders aligned to Anwar, who said Mahathir could not be trusted to keep his promise after he failed to step down for Anwar during PH’s 21 months in power.
The PH coalition, comprising PKR, Amanah and DAP, as well as the Sabah-based Warisan and four MPs aligned to Mahathir, was supposed to announce its prime ministerial candidate yesterday, in its campaign to return to federal power through a parliamentary vote of confidence.
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