Rafizi: Dr M must quit voluntarily, or Pakatan may have to intervene

Rafizi: Dr M must quit voluntarily, or Pakatan may have to intervene

PUCHONG: It is important for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to relinquish the premiership willingly to ensure a smooth transition of power.

Daily South China Morning Post reported PKR vice president Rafizi Ramli saying that Mahathir must come to terms with the fact that the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s chances to retain power will be higher if the succession plan takes place properly.

“If Mahathir steps down willingly, the transition will be smooth,” he said.

Before the last general election, Mahathir had promised Malaysians that he would only reign for two years, before handing over power to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

However, Mahathir is seen to be coy about his succession plan these days, sometimes even hinting that he may stay longer as prime minister citing poor economic conditions.

Speaking at the ISEAS — Yusof Ishak Institute’s annual Regional Outlook Forum, Rafizi said that if Mahathir remained coy about his succession date, then it would be up to the ruling coalition’s top leadership force a retirement date on the Langkawi MP.

Rafizi, who was a former Pandan MP, claimed that he was among those involved in drafting the original succession plan, signed on Jan 7, 2018.

However, he admitted that the agreement did not include a specific handover date.

“But the power transition must take place as Malaysians have lost patience as too much focus is given to the matter,” said Rafizi.