PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be allowed to finish his term or at least three years as Prime Minister, says former senator Datuk Ezam Mohd Nor.
Ezam said Dr Mahathir was the only politician with the will to stamp out corruption in Malaysia and would need more time to fulfill his agenda.
"The fight against corruption is very challenging and complicated. That's why two years is definitely not enough.
"Three years, maybe; if possible, a full term.
"We urge the Prime Minister to continue focusing on corruption and demand that he is not stopped from it. There are rumours that there might early polls... this is all political talk. But we are in a serious business to fight corruption.
"Malaysia needs to fix this problem with corruption. We used to laugh at other countries, and now they are the ones laughing at us for losing money due to corrupt acts," said Ezam at a press conference here on Friday (May 17).
Pakatan Harapan had agreed that Dr Mahathir would make way for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be prime minister after two years.
Ezam was speaking to reporters after meeting the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to register a new party called Parti Negara.
The pro-tem president of Negara said the party would be a multi-racial independent party with only a single vision, which is to speak out against corruption.
Other pro-tem committee members of the party include deputy president Dr Ng Rui Wei, a former university activist; vice-presidents S. Gobi Krishnan and Mohd Hakimie Zainal Abidin; secretary-general Abd Ghani Haroon; honourary treasurer Tan Chee Seng; and information chief Syed Nazarudin Syed Aziz.
Before the 14th General Election, Ezam had attempted to register a party called Parti Bebas Rasuah, but it did not receive the green light from RoS.
"I believe RoS under the new government will be more fair to us. Our meeting was positive.
"It usually would take about six months for the registration process, but we are willing to wait," said Ezam.