KUALA LUMPUR: "Desperate" parties who are calling for a change of the country's top leadership are the ones who are trying to form a back-door goverment, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic).
The PKR deputy president urged all parties to respect the mandate given by the rakyat during the last general election.
"I hope those who are desperate to be in power respect the mandate given by the rakyat in the last general election.
"If there are any parties who want to change the government or administration within one or two years, that is the real meaning of a back-door government," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday (Oct 22).
He was asked to comment on reports naming him as one of the leaders trying to form a back-door government that would see DAP and Amanah being left out to stop PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from taking over as the prime minister.
Azmin said it was better to allow Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to complete his full term as the prime minister in order to respect the people's wishes.
"Regarding what was decided by the Pakatan Harapan leadership, it is just based on the spirit of understanding without an exact date. I challenge any individuals to publicly declare that there are any agreements stating a set date," he said.
He added that any mention of a change of leadership would only create more problems, including a loss of confidence among investors which would affect the economy.
"I hope all of us will stop talking about the transition plan and focus on the economy and helping the people," he said.
Asked whether he had raised the matter with Anwar, Azmin said he only wanted to focus on the country's development and not to discuss politics.
"This is because the rakyat are tired of constant politicking. The people want services and a focus on national development," he added.
Anwar previously confirmed that he had discussed the transition plan with Dr Mahathir but noted that the exact date was not decided.
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