Syed Husin Calls on PM to Step Aside for Anwar Before May 2020

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There have been no structural changes under Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership, said veteran PKR leader Syed Husin Ali as he reiterated his call for Anwar Ibrahim to take over as prime minister.

“He is reintroducing his dictatorial ways as prime minister. On economic policies, it is his cronies who are benefitting, not the people.

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“Dr Mahathir is no longer suitable. What has changed after he took over? No reform policies, no benefits for the people. He didn’t deliver the changes that we wanted so he must go. He must go before May 9, 2020,” Syed Husin said today at the Reformist Convention in Shah Alam.

Syed Husin said that Anwar, who PKR president and Port Dickson MP, had hoped that Dr Mahathir would step down so the transition could go on smoothly.

“He (Anwar) hoped for Dr Mahathir to back down sincerely and wholeheartedly. For me, I hope there will be an understanding when it finally happens.”

Syed Husin said he was worried about the transition plan as Dr Mahathir had not given a clear timeline on when he would hand over office to Anwar.

“He has not been clear. He has been saying different things. One day, he says this, another day he will say something else,” he said.

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Prior to the 14th general election, Pakatan Harapan had agreed to name Dr Mahathir as prime minister, with Anwar taking over in two years’ time.

It was reported yesterday that Dr Mahathir had said the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council would decide on the date of the transition.

Anwar had also this morning said he would allow Dr Mahathir to continue serving as prime minister, before assuring that the transition would go on smoothly once it was confirmed by the PH Presidential Council.

The PH Presidential Council had previously agreed that Dr Mahathir would hand over the prime minister’s position to Anwar, but no time frame was set. – TMI