PETALING JAYA: A group of NGOs, including Bersih 2.0 and the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), want the Prime Minister to set a clear transition plan for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over by 2021.
They also want Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to make the PKR president the deputy prime minister six months before that date for the sake of political stability.
“The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0), together with Abim and Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM), hereby calls on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Pakatan Harapan leadership to take clear and decisive steps to bring about political stability by putting in place a clear transition plan based on their pre-GE14 agreement.
“The current feud in PKR, a major component party of the Pakatan coalition, is causing much concern among both our citizens and the international community as it has the potential to break up the coalition and cast our nation into political disarray,” the group said in an open letter issued at a press conference here yesterday.
The group, led by Bersih 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann, Abim’s secretary-general Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz and GBM chairman Zaid Kamaruddin said its call to Dr Mahathir to set a date, somewhere between a year from now to latest May 9, 2021, to hand over power to Anwar was in accordance with the pre-GE14 agreement among Pakatan component parties.
“A clear and publicly-known transition plan would quash rumours and conspiracy theories perpetrated by those who seek to gain from the instability and see the break-up of the coalition,” said the group.
The statement further said that to avoid a repeat of the current situation, the Pakatan presidential council should limit the premiership to a tenure of two terms and de-concentrate the power of the Prime Minister.
The NGO leaders, however, insisted at the press conference that they were non-partisan as to who becomes the next prime minister, but said they were naming Anwar, as it was the Pakatan agreement promised to the people in the last general election.
“In our system, the rakyat does not get to choose the prime minister but it is decided by the coalition or party that wins.
“Pakatan indicated before GE14 that it should be Anwar, and unless Pakatan parties among themselves agree that it should be someone else, that person has to be made known and Pakatan should set a date for the transition.
“We are going by what has been stated by Pakatan,” said Fann.
PAS sec-gen: Stop pressuring Dr M for a date on handover to Anwar
PETALING JAYA: PAS has ticked off certain NGOs for asking Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to set a clear date for his promise to hand over the premiership to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (pic) said only the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Parliament could decide on the position of the Prime Minister.
“Demands made by certain groups for the Prime Minister to fix the date to transfer power to another parliamentarian is not in accordance with the law,” he said in a statement Thursday (Aug 8).
Takiyuddin said if Anwar’s supporters believe he has at least simple majority support among parliamentarians, it would indirectly imply that Dr Mahathir had lost the confidence of the majority of MPs.
“If the motion of no confidence is passed, the Prime Minister would have two options: either relinquish his position or advise the Agong to dissolve Parliament, where the latter has the absolute power to consider the advice or otherwise,” he said.
Takiyuddin added that the King can appoint a Prime Minister from among parliamentarians who is deemed to enjoy majority support in Parliament, in accordance with Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.
“This is the prerogative of the King, and he does not need advice from any party,” he said.
Takiyuddin said that none of the 18 PAS MPs would support a motion of no confidence against Dr Mahathir.
On Wednesday (Aug 7), a group of NGOs, including the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) and the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), asked the Prime Minister to set a clear transition plan for Anwar to take over by 2021, and to make him the deputy prime minister six months before that date for the sake of political stability.