I'm open to different views, but final decisions will be made by me, says Dr M

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Everyone is entitled to voice their views on matters, but the final decision will be made by me, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said there are many suggestions and thoughts on matters from various parties, and he is open to listening to their views.

"But, we can't agree to all. It is freedom of speech, you can ask what you like.

"Whether I respond or not, what I think, is kept to myself. I do not have to reveal my thoughts to anybody," said Dr Mahathir when asked to comment on remarks made by his media and communications advisor Datuk Abdul Kadir Jasin.

Kadir had suggested that PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim be appointed as a "special functions minister", following Pakatan Harapan's loss in the Tanjung Piai by-election.

The former veteran journalist wrote in his blog that it is now time to examine Anwar's role, following Dr Mahathir's announcement to have a Cabinet reshuffle.

Meanwhile, when asked to comment on a Bill to limit the tenure of the Prime Minister to two terms, Dr Mahathir in return, asked the media in Parliament if they wanted him to be the premier at 100.

"I am 94 years old, you want me to be PM at 100?" he quipped.

The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 would be tabled for its first reading on Tuesday (Dec 3) by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

Last October, Dr Mahathir announced that the Pakatan government had plans to limit the tenure of the prime minister, mentri besars, as well as chief ministers to two terms.

The move to limit the terms is among the promises made by Pakatan in their election manifesto.

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