Anwar: PH Council Should Focus on Economy, Not Power Transition

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PKR president Anwar Ibrahim today urged the public to move on from the issue of power transition and focus on the economy.

Speaking to reporters after an event, Anwar urged the public to support Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership to carry out his duties, particularly focusing on the economy.

“The problem comes when there are moves to try to undermine the process, and these are from the opposition. It doesn’t bother us.

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“We should focus on the economy and let Mahathir carry out his tasks,” he said.

“The presidential council can discuss it, but we need to focus on the economy and let our prime minister lead the administration effectively,” he told reporters.

“We need to move forward by focusing on the economy. When there are attempts to threaten the power transition process, the opposition should not interfere. The focus should be on economic problems.

“For the time being, let Dr Mahathir continue with his work.”

Following proposals for the Pakatan Harapan presidential council to discuss the prime minister succession plan, Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has no problem with the issue being discussed by the ruling pact’s highest decision-making body.

“If there is a need to discuss it, it can be done by the presidential council,” he said when asked to comment on Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s statement yesterday that she is willing to discuss the matter in the council.

Dr Mahathir, who is also PH chairman, said the names and positions of the pact’s leaders were first proposed at council meetings.


“(This includes) Anwar Ibrahim’s position, as well as the proposal for me to be (PH) chairman and prime minister,” he told Malaysian media in Baku before departing for a two-day official visit to Turkmenistan.

Dr Mahathir, who attended the 18th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in the Azerbaijan capital, also said he is open to other parties wanting to discuss the power transition.

Dr Wan Azizah, asked to comment on Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s remarks that the leadership succession should be discussed internally, said she is agreeable to it.

Under the succession plan, Dr Mahathir will hand over the reins to Anwar midway through PH’s first term in office.

Anwar said PH parties have already reached a consensus on the plan, and that the prime minister never disputed it.

“What Dr Mahathir means is the time frame (for the power transition). He has never disputed who will take over from him.”