Mukhriz: Ready for federal post but not prime minister

Mukhriz: Ready for federal post but not prime minister

ALOR SETAR: Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has indicated that he is prepared to take on a bigger role at the federal level but dismissed the notion that he is eyeing for the top post of prime minister.

This effectively dismisses the rumour that he may be appointed for the top post. At present he also holds the position of Jerlun MP in the Dewan Rakyat.

“I am open and it really depends on the leadership at that time on where I’m suited best,” he said in an interview with Nikkei Asian Review.

“I’m not really ambitious, I don’t set myself a course that I must become a prime minister one day as some others do,” he stressed, without mentioning names.

“As and when it is seen necessary for the country that I would be placed at the federal level, I am willing and able to assume that responsibility,” he added.

Muhriz who is also Bersatu deputy president also said there would not be a concerted effort from his side to elevate him to become prime minister.

“I won’t on my own work on trying to move up the ladder as if it is given that I must be the prime minister one day,” he added.

Mukhriz, 54, also clarified that there was no agreed for his father, who celebrated his 94th birthday yesterday, to hand over the reins to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

“There was no agreement that it has to be two years. There may have been suggestions like that, but nothing was stated on paper or in a verbal agreement,” he said.

According to Mukhriz, the general consensus in Pakatan Harapan is that Mahathir should be allowed the time to fix the nation’s economic woes before passing the baton.

“He (Mahathir) should be given enough time to do what he wants to do. Although we acknowledge his age, he has not shown any signs of slowing down,” he said.

Mukhriz also dismissed claims of a power tussle within Harapan or that Mahathir preferred Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali compared to Anwar to succeed him.

“My sense is that since the majority believes that Anwar is the appointed heir, he (Mahathir) should be given enough time to do what he needs to do,” he added.

By: K Pragalath