Dr M: Anwar Free to Do What He Thinks Is Best as PM

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PM insists succession plan clear, will leave country in good shape for Anwar.

Speaking during a group media interview ahead of his administration’s first anniversary tomorrow, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that his successor is not obligated to follow his footsteps.

“When somebody takes over from me, he’s not required to follow my instructions or follow what I’ve done. He’s free to do what he thinks is best as prime minister.

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“So I’ve no say what happens after. My job is to prepare the country as much as possible so that it can be taken over by my successor,” he added.

Asked if he had a succession plan, the prime minister said his promise to step down and give way to Anwar was “something that is quite definite”.

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“There is no talk about who is going to be what or what is going to be done,” he said.

Under an agreement reached among PPBM, PKR, DAP and Amanah in November 2017, Mahathir will hand over the top post to Anwar.

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Last month, Anwar said he supported Mahathir’s leadership as it would be easier to take over the country’s reins when the government had become more stable.

The Port Dickson MP said he supported the veteran statesman’s efforts to steer the nation to overcome problems inherited from the previous administration.