Putrajaya to amend Federal Constitution, limit PM’s tenure

Putrajaya to amend Federal Constitution, limit PM’s tenure

KUALA LUMPUR: The government would table a Bill today to amend the Federal Constitution,  introducing a term limit for the coveted prime ministership.

The Bill, which would be tabled by Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong, is part of the government’s move to fulfil one of Pakatan Harapan’s election promises made under its manifesto.

When queried about the matter, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad voiced support for limiting the term for premiership, saying that one should not overstay their welcome.

“I am 94 years’ old now. Do you still want me to be prime minister when I am 100 years old?” he asked.

The government is also mulling to cap the term for menteri besars and chief ministers of Malaysian states.

Ironically, Mahathir is Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister, who helmed the post the first round from 1981 to 2003, totalling to 22 years.

After becoming premier again in 2018, Mahathir has been holding the coveted post for 24 years now.

However, in order to amend the Constitution, the government needs the support from the Opposition bench as the former does not hold two thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

By G Vinod