PETALING JAYA: Opposition representatives have allegedly met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to convince him to serve out his full term. This is due to how Dr Mahathir continuously stressed that he will pass the baton to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The issue resurfaced after PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang pledged his party’s allegiance, warning that “changing a prime minister is not like changing shoes”.
According to a source, a group of politicians from Opposition met with Dr Mahathir on Tuesday night (July 30) to pledge their full support for him to complete his full term as premier.
The bloc allegedly comprised members of the new Umno-PAS pact and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Umno, PAS and GPS altogether have 77 seats in the Dewan Rakyat.
The source claimed that the meeting was attended by Opposition leaders: former Umno vice-president and defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, PAS vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Samsuri Ahmad Mokhtar, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan and GPS chief whip Datuk Fadillah Yusof.
The source also added that a high-ranking Pakatan Harapan leader who is a Cabinet Minister was also present to the meeting. “The main agenda (for the Tuesday meeting) was for Umno, PAS and GPS to state their support for the Prime Minister to stay on for a whole full term, and that they do not want Anwar to take over, be it after two years or three years – not to change horses mid-stream.
“They also showed Dr Mahathir that they have the numbers, of MPs supporting this – at present it is 128 from all blocs.
“More are intent on getting on board and they are now weighing their options, ” claimed the source.
Other than PKR and Umno, the rest – Dr Mahathir’s own Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, as well as GPS, Parti Warisan Sabah and Parti Amanah Nasional – are almost 100% in support of the Prime Minister serving out his full term.
The team also proposed the appointment of a “more capable deputy prime minister or deputy prime ministers who can step in as premier immediately if anything happens”, according to the source.“The team and Prime Minister agreed that this would be a measure taken for the good of the country, beyond political parties, to ensure that the rakyat does not suffer from a political crisis midway if Dr Mahathir is made to step down before he is able to carry out his plans, ” said the source.