Anwar has vision of 2020 handover

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Bloomberg): Malaysian ruling party leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who's widely expected to be the country's next prime minister, said his succession should happen by 2020.

His rivals have no legitimacy, Anwar said in an interview with Bloomberg Television's Haslinda Amin in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday (Sept 18).

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returned as Prime Minister last year with a pledge to hand over power to Anwar, 72, who said as recently as February that he expected to assume the post within two years.

"There is no sign of any party introducing or promoting or lobbying for other names," Anwar said.

"It does not stop other individuals with ambitions," he said, describing them as "irrelevant".

Anwar, leader of the ruling People's Justice Party, has rebounded from a spat with his deputy, Minister of Economy Affairs Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, over sex videos allegedly featuring Azmin.

Anwar's political secretary was detained over the leaked videos and later released.

The conflict between Mahathir's two likely successors risked pressuring the 94-year-old to extend his stay in power as the ruling party struggled to contain internal dissent.

Since coming into power, Pakatan Harapan has struggled to maintain the support of the country's Malay Muslim population, who make up the country's majority.

Backlash from Malay groups forced the administration to backtrack from its promises to ratify international treaties on anti-discrimination and crimes against humanity.

Anwar said the government must allay fears and concerns of ethnic Malays, noting affirmative action was vital for all races to escape poverty.

Government policy must also ensure fair distribution of wealth and fight corruption to address state leakages. - Bloomberg

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Nation

CRSM aims to raise RM500k to help 5,000 flood-hit families, says MCA Youth chief
Covid-19: One school each in Melaka, Terengganu temporarily closed
Saifuddin: RTM to set up special education TV channel
Penang firemen rescue girl, 3, after being trapped in a car
Deputy Foreign Minister donates 150k face masks to Bandar Tun Razak residents
Covid-19: 12 new clusters reported, seven linked to workplaces
Covid-19: Quarantined SPM, STPM students will be allowed to defer exams, says Education Ministry
Covid-19: 229 news cases in Sarawak, mostly in Sibu district
Medical student tests positive for Covid-19 in Melaka
Health Ministry sets up 213 Covid-19 assessment centres to help patients undergoing home treatment

Stories You'll Enjoy