Dr Ma­hathir de­nies knowl­edge of al­leged ma­noeu­vres over PM term

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LANGKAWI: Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad to­day dis­missed al­le­ga­tions and spec­u­la­tion link­ing him to a empts by cer­tain quar­ters to keep him as prime min­is­ter for the rest of the elec­toral term.

On the other hand, the el­der states­man re­it­er­ated that he will keep his prom­ise to han­dover the post to his suc­ces­sor a er the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion ( APEC) sum­mit which Malaysia hosts in Novem­ber this year.

Dr Ma­hathir’s state­ment to­day was in re­sponse to claims and sug­ges­tions, as re­ported in a news por­tal yes­ter­day, that 138 MPs had signed statu­tory dec­la­ra­tions (SDs) in sup­port of him com­plet­ing a full term as the prime min­is­ter.

“Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) has the ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment to­day. This 138 fig­ure is the work of oth­ers and I have no knowl­edge as to how they came up with this. In other words, there must be PH sup­port to get this fig­ure,” he told re­porters a er performing the ground­break­ing for the Villa Sire­han: Phase 2 project and a visit to the Re­bun­gan Re­sort Langkawi in Ulu Melaka, here yes­ter­day.

Asked if he was aware of the SDs, the prime min­is­ter replied: “I hear all sorts of things. (Some are say­ing) PM for 20 more years… I am 94-years-old, 95 in an­other few months, so quite im­pos­si­ble.

“I promised to step down a er APEC, so I will keep to my prom­ise. I am not in­volved with any­thing else (SDs), only the prom­ise to step down and and I will step down,” he said.

Asked whether he felt talk over the prime min­is­ter power tran­si­tion is­sue needs to halted, Dr Ma­hathir said the is­sue con­tin­ued to be talked about as the sub­ject was con­stantly the fo­cus of the me­dia.

“It’s the press (me­dia), the press gets ex­cited (over the tran­si­tion is­sue), where there is con­tro­versy, there is news. So to the press, if both (PKR pres­i­dent) Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim and I do not get along for in­stance, the be er for them to sell their sto­ries,” he said.

When asked, he said cer­tain PH lead­ers tend to talk about the is­sue only be­cause the me­dia kept hound­ing them to comment on it.

“The Pakatan Hara­pan lead­ers come out with state­ments (on PM power tran­si­tion is­sue) be­cause they were asked about it by the me­dia, other­wise there will none (state­ments).

In a state­ment Fri­day, An­war said he had met Dr Ma­hathir in Putrajaya to dis­cuss the tran­si­tion plan for the post of prime min­is­ter.

An­war also claimed that PAS, a group from UMNO and a hand­ful of PKR mem­bers were in­volved in ef­forts to gather sig­na­tures to sup­port Dr Ma­hathir’s lead­er­ship un­til the end of the full term.

An­war said Dr Ma­hathir was not in­volved in these ef­forts and in fact re­it­er­ated his firm state­ment that he would hand over power as promised. — Ber­nama

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