Dr Mahathir conceded today that PH’s loss of the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat to BN could be his fault.
The transition of power for the prime minister’s post will be decided when the time comes, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“We do not know yet whether the situation in the country now is ready for a transition in administration or not. When the time comes, we will decide.”
He was speaking to reporters after attending the Multaqa Ulama Asia Tenggara 2019 programme today.
Dr Mahathir said this when asked to comment on reports that former deputy president of PKR Syed Husin Ali regarded the defeat of Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election as a referendum on the government led by Dr Mahathir.
Last September, Syed Husin had also criticised Dr Mahathir for not laying out a clear plan on the power transition.
When asked on reports that several PH Members of Parliament have blamed him for the defeat of PH in Tanjung Piai, Dr Mahathir said: “Maybe I was wrong; how would I know?”
Dr Mahathir’s statement on the transition of power is likely to lead to a fresh round of speculation as to when he intends to hand over the reins to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim as promised.