KUALA LUMPUR: Though the power transition or lack thereof appears to be creating tension on the political front, Mr Anwar Ibrahim has no reservations in having his predecessor join his Cabinet when he assumes leadership.
Speaking to reporters after a forum on Thursday (Feb 20) the Parti Keadilan Rakyat president said he would not mind having the current Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in his Cabinet after the power transition.
"I leave it to the (ruling coalition Pakatan Haparan's presidential) council and I am open to the idea,” Mr Anwar, who is Member of Parliament for Port Dickson, said.
“His vast experience would certainly help in getting a more peaceful transition and steering the economy forward."
On Wednesday Dr Mahathir said that he would step down after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November.
“I dont know (if the issue will be raised). I have said that I am ready to resign at any time when asked. But my promise to resign remains. Whatever the decision (by the presidential council), I will resign after the APEC meeting,” Dr Mahathir reportedly said.
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DO NOT PRESSURE US
Mr Anwar, when asked about waiting until November, said that it should not be a problem.
“In my discussion with the prime minister, he already said that it will be after the APEC summit – so we will deal with this (then),” he said.
“And I dont think anyone should be put under pressure, neither me nor (Dr Mahathir). Again I reiterate that he should be given latitude, because both of us and the Pakatan council have decided that the change will be smooth, peaceful and orderly, while we still continue to work as a team.”
Earlier during his speech at the forum, Mr Anwar also said that instead of focusing on pushing Dr Mahathir to leave, the people should give him credit for having navigated through some difficult times.
Power transition is expected to be one of the issues discussed at the Pakatan Harapan presidential council on Friday.
FOCUS SHOULD BE THE ECONOMY
Mr Anwar, when asked further on details of the power transition and his expectations from the presidential council meeting, said his focus would be to work out matters relating to the economy.
“(The) transition is part of the deal and can be resolved in 30 minutes. The focus is on the economy,” he said.
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