Withdrawal of bill to limit PM’s tenure to 2 terms ‘unanimous Cabinet decision’

The bill proposed by the Pakatan Harapan government to limit the prime minister’s tenure to two terms was withdrawn today.

KUALA LUMPUR: The government today said the decision to withdraw the proposed legislation that would have limited the prime minister’s tenure to two terms was made unanimously.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said the Cabinet’s decision was supported by all its members, including himself.

Earlier, the government announced it was withdrawing the bill in the Dewan Rakyat.

The Federal Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2019 was tabled last December when Pakatan Harapan (PH) proposed to limit the tenure of the prime minister to two terms.

Saifuddin was speaking on the sidelines of the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) among the National Film Development Corporation, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Malaysia Board of Technologists.

Asked why he would support the withdrawal of the bill as he was part of the government that had pushed for it previously, Saifuddin said it was because Perikatan Nasional was a “different ruling government”.

“I think it is because of a different philosophy, different government and a different way of looking at certain things,” he said.

However, he gave an assurance the decision would not derail the law reform agenda.

“There are still many items on the reform agenda. Most of them are still on the table,” he said.

On the signing of the MoU today, he said it was a form of accreditation made to unite the industry players.

“The accreditation is aimed at improving the quality of the local industry and protecting the industry players,” he said.