Pakatan’s two-term PM law a bid to address unfulfilled promises, says MCA chief

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  • Saturday, 07 Dec 2019

Fielding the media: Dr Wee addressing reporters after the Umno General Assembly at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan’s proposed two-term limit for the post of prime minister is just an attempt to address its unfulfilled promises, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

“I will let the rakyat decide. It all depends on whether they really have the political will to do so, ” he said when met on the sidelines of the Umno general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

On Dec 3, the government tabled the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 to limit the tenure of the prime minister to two terms.

Dr Wee, who is also Ayer Hitam MP, said there were many other Bills to be tabled during the next meeting, and he would wait until the Bill on limiting the Prime Minister’s tenure was actually presented in the Dewan Rakyat.

On another matter, Dr Wee questioned when Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof would allow the Opposition to refer Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to the Rights and Privileges Committee over his remark that the RM19.4bil Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds was “stolen” by the previous administration.

“He promised the Opposition, but we waited until the last day of Parliament and nothing materialised. What happened to his promise?” said Dr Wee.

In July, Mohamad Ariff ruled out a motion filed by the Opposition to refer Lim to the Rights and Privileges Committee.

Mohamad Ariff said there were no grounds to refer Lim to the committee over his statement in the lower house last year.

“I find that the Bagan MP had no intention to mislead, hence it does not fall under Rule 36 (12) of the Standing Orders, ” he had said.

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