Dr M confident of two-thirds Parliament support to limit tenure of PM and MBs


KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) is confident that the government could get a two-thirds majority in Parliament required to amend the Federal Constitution to cap the tenure of the Prime Minister and mentris besar at two terms.

The Prime Minister said the new law would serve the interests of opposition members too.

"I think we can convince some of them (from the opposition). I think it's in their interests also," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Thursday (Oct 18).

Dr Mahathir said limiting the tenure of the prime minister and mentris besar would involve a constitutional amendment.

"We have a number of things that involve the Federal Constitution and some laws have to be changed," he said.

This was among the highlights of the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan tabled by Dr Mahathir in Parliament.

Among others, the government also plans to introduce laws on political funding, reduce the minimum voting age to 18 and also review the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act to make it a fully independent institution.

Dr Mahathir also denied that a Cabinet shake-up was on the cards.

"There will be no Cabinet reshuffle," he said.