Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is prepared to relinquish his post with immediate effect should the Pakatan Harapan presidential council demand it.
He said his position is decided by the ruling pact’s components.
“I think this will be decided by all four (Harapan) parties together. Whether they want me to go or not to go.
“As far as I am concerned, if they want me to go now, I will go now,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
Dr Mahathir was asked about PKR lawmakers William Leong, Chang Lih Kang, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad and Wong Chen’s call at a forum last night for the transition of power to Anwar Ibrahim to be done in May instead of November.
Among the reasons cited by the MPs are weak local investments that have caused the economy to remain sluggish, and PKR president Anwar needing time to implement his policies and reforms before the next general election, as well as win over voters.
The next elections are due in 2023.
Previously, the prime minister said he would honour his promise to step aside for the PKR president but not before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit, which Malaysia is scheduled to host in November. – Malaysiakini