Anwar Ibrahim must “personally” secure the support of the majority in the Dewan Rakyat – FMT
Is it because PH coalition partners are unfaithful to each other? Each of them is trying to look for new partners outside rather than working with existing partners within. I think this is quite obvious. They support each other to seek power, but after attaining it, they seek to exclude each other. – FMT
A prime minister must command the support of the majority in Parliament, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir said one who does not have the support of the majority in parliament would fall even if he was the leader of the party holding the highest number of seats in the House.
“The Members of Parliament hold the power to decide. If I don’t have the support of the majority, I can’t be the prime minister, ” he said in an exclusive interview with the Malaya Post on Saturday (Feb 8) night.
He said this when asked to comment on leadership transition issues, as certain blocs in Parliament – including PAS – have openly expressed their view that Dr Mahathir should serve one full term instead of handing over power to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“We will hold to our promise. But if we place a candidate, the majority (in Parliament) must support (the candidate). If not, (the chosen candidate) can fall, ” he said.
The issue of leadership transition had taken centre stage in recent months although there is no written agreement for Dr Mahathir to hand over the premiership to Anwar after serving half a term.
Dr Mahathir then said that politicians should take issues faced by the rakyat seriously.
“If they (politicians) are only interested in positions and do not care about the rakyat’s problems, they won’t last. If we fail to resolve the woes faced by the majority, the rakyat will reject us (in the next General Election), ” he said.
Source : The Star
Majority decision of MPs will prevail in choice of PM, says Kadir Jasin
Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin says the majority decision of elected MPs in the Dewan Rakyat will prevail as the biggest determinant in who gets to become prime minister.
Kadir said the matter of who helms the top post once Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigns is a matter of the Dewan Rakyat, adding that the successful candidate will receive the support of the majority.
“In case of a dispute, a vote of confidence can be called to determine if the candidate has the support of the majority.
“This is allowed, but in the past, it was unnecessary because the ruling party was in firm control of the House and the selection of the candidate of prime minister was unanimous,” the special adviser on media and communications to the prime minister said in a Facebook post today.
He said that Mahathir, in an interview with an online news portal yesterday, had clearly stated he will keep his promise to hand over the top post to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
“It may not be as simple. The promise is a Pakatan Harapan matter.
“This is a test of a mature democracy. Let us celebrate it,” he added.
Yesterday, Mahathir said the Dewan Rakyat holds more power than himself, stressing that he only became prime minister as he had the support of the majority of MPs.
He also emphasised that in the event he chooses not to resign as prime minister, the Dewan Rakyat could still decide to drop him from the top post.
Mahathir and Anwar have given conflicting accounts of when a transfer of power would take place.
PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man yesterday said a vote of confidence in Mahathir’s leadership would be tabled next month.
“We see a need for him to stay on as prime minister until the end of this term. However, there appears to be a never-ending crisis and this has disrupted the political scenario and economy,” he told reporters after a monthly party meeting here.
Various parties and MPs have urged Mahathir to set a clear date for the transfer of power to Anwar, leading the PKR president to call on PH members to refrain from discussing the transition issue in public.
Source : FMT
Wan Azizah: Dr M must keep promise to hand over leadership to Anwar
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad must keep his promise to hand over the country’s leadership to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim although the final decision lies with the Dewan Rakyat, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic).
“Yes, a promise is a promise. That is what is in the (Federal) Constitution.
“The Prime Minister will get the majority of the support (in the Dewan Rakyat),” the Deputy Prime Minister said after attending a Chinese New Year programme organised by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association on Sunday (Feb 9).
She was asked to comment on Dr Mahathir’s remark that a promise on the leadership transition remains but a prime minister must command the majority support in Parliament.