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Set clear transition plan for Anwar, PM told

PETALING JAYA: A group of NGOs, including Bersih 2.0 and the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim) expressed their concern – wanting the Prime Minister to set a clear transition plan for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over by 2021.

For the sake of political stability, they also want Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to make the PKR president the deputy prime minister six months before that date.

“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.

It’s Dr Mahathir’s call to set a date, somewhere between a year from now to latest May 9, 2021, to hand over power to Anwar, in accordance with the pre-GE14 agreement among Pakatan component parties, according to the group, led by Bersih 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann, Abim’s secretary-general Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz and GBM chairman Zaid Kamaruddin. “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.

They also mentioned in their statement 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.

However, the NGO leaders insisted that they were non-partisan as to who becomes the next prime minister. 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.

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