Dr M will step down as promised, stop asking when, says PKR info chief


PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will step down and hand over the premiership to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as promised – and this should no longer be questioned, says Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.

Referring to a Bloomberg interview with Dr Mahathir recently, the PKR information chief said he was amused by how there were always questions about the transition of power, even when it had already been discussed and agreed on.

"All parties in the ruling coalition have agreed to the transition and won the last general election on this platform, among others.

"The Prime Minister has also reiterated time and again his commitment to honour the agreement.

"So let there be no doubt that the transition will occur in due time and in an orderly manner," he said in a statement on Sunday (June 23).

Shamsul, who is also Hang Tuah Jaya MP, said instead of being caught up on whether or not the transition would happen, everyone should focus be on delivering the promises made in Pakatan Harapan's GE14 manifesto.

He said constant politicking and unabating questions on the leadership transition would only undermine efforts and give further rise to extreme politics.

"In the face of challenges from extreme identity politics, only continuous improvement to the well-being of all Malaysians and enhancement of our overall economy can ensure the survival of our democratic politics," he added.