PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he will not see out a full term and will step aside after fixing problems his Pakatan Harapan coalition claims it inherited after forming the government exactly a year ago.
“We will make most of the corrections within a period of two years, and after that, I think the others will have less problems to face,” he told foreign press here yesterday. Pressed on whether he meant two years in power or from now, he replied: “I don’t know whether it is three years or two years, but I am an interim prime minister.”
Dr Mahathir, who turns 94 in two months, said one of the issues already dealt with in the first 12 months of the Pakatan administration was corruption, “so now I think it is the economy” that his government would focus on this year.
“The key challenge is to restore the image of this country. We have a lot of people taking potshots at us, including the press and now social media, because they see us as a target,” Dr Mahathir added.
Although the coalition had agreed prior to last year’s elections that Dr Mahathir would hand over the reins to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, there was no timeline agreed on.
Those aligned to Anwar, who was sacked as deputy premier in 1998 by Dr Mahathir and then jailed, insist that the PKR president should take over the post in a year. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network