SEREMBAN: Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic) has told his Barisan Nasional colleagues to stop referring him as the prime minister-in-waiting.
Mohamad, who will be contesting the Rantau state seat in the April 13 by-election, said he would personally ask Barisan speakers to stop saying this at their ceramah.
"This has never crossed my mind and it is my hope they will stop doing so.
"If they want to say anything, please talk about Barisan's success stories for the rakyat," he told reporters at his ops centre in Kg Tanjung, Rantau on Wednesday (April 10).
Mohamad said such speculation was unhealthy. Among those who have referred to Mohamad as having the potential to become premier are Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and former MIC president Datuk Seri S Subramaniam.
Mohamad said such talk was unnecessary as it would only create more speculation.
"Please do not say more on this.
"I do not want anyone inside or outside our party to start sharpening their weapons unnecessarily," he said.
Mohamad, a three-term Rantau assemblyman, will be involved in a four-cornered fight in this Saturday's contest.
He will be challenged by Pakatan Harapan's Dr S. Streram and independents R Malarvizhi and Mohd Nor Yassin.
On a separate matter, Mohamad dismissed a claim by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that Barisan and Umno MPs were the reason for the Federal Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 failing to get two-thirds majority support in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (April 9).
Anwar said the government only secured 138 votes instead of 148 required to pass the Bill.
"Why blame us when Pakatan could not even get the Sarawak parties under the GPS banner, which were not Barisan allies, to vote in support of the Bill.
"Please don't always resort to blaming us for your failures," he said.
Mohamad said the Pakatan government, through a select committee, should have briefed all stakeholders in the provisions in the Bill before tabling it.
"They (Pakatan) are very gungho. They thought they could garner enough support without doing so but they failed and conveniently blamed Barisan," he added.
The Bill was to pave the way for the government to amend the Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the Malaysian federation under the Malaysia Agreement 1963.