Saifuddin: No Agreement on Dr M as PM for Only Two Years

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Mahathir will keep his word on PM transition plan, says Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s term as an interim prime minister has never been discussed at Pakatan Harapan presidential council meetings, its secretary-general Saifuddin Abdullah said today.

Saifuddin, who is also the foreign minister, said the coalition only made the decision that Anwar Ibrahim would be appointed to the post after Mahathir.

“Harapan only made the decision and agreed that after Mahathir, Anwar will be the next prime minister, we didn’t discuss the rest as they understand each other. 

“Both (Mahathir and Anwar) should be able to determine the best time for transfer of power and so on,” said the Indera Mahkota MP.

The issue of the transfer of power was brought up by several delegates at the Bersatu annual general assembly over the weekend, who suggested that Mahathir be allowed to serve a full term.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad expressed confidence today that Mahathir will fulfil the agreement to yield the prime minister’s post to Anwar.

Commenting on a call made during the PPBM annual assembly for Mahathir to serve out his full term, the Amanah leader dismissed concerns that this would cause the former to disavow the arrangement.

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“As one who witnessed this agreement between Tun and Anwar I can safely say Tun will honour his agreement. There is no issue at all,” he said during a press conference in Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Cheras, this morning.

Mahathir has repeatedly affirmed his intention to honour the arrangement while Anwar has similarly stated his trust in the former to make way when the time comes.

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While it was generally presented to the public that Mahathir will stay in the post for about two years, Pakatan Harapan secretary-general Saifuddin revealed today that there was no formal agreement on when the transition must take place.

“There is no issue at all. When the time comes, we will see,” said Dzulkefly, who is also Amanah’s strategic director.