LANGKAWI: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has questioned the legitimacy of the statutory declaration (SD), purportedly signed by 138 MPs from both sides of the divide, who wanted him to stay on until the end of the term.
The Prime Minister said he was in the dark about the SD, and wondered how the 138 signatures were gathered.
"Today, the Pakatan Harapan government has the majority, so how can they get 138 signatories?
"Must be someone else's work. I don't know how this is done.
"If it is true, this means some Pakatan MPs also supported the move," he told reporters here Friday (Feb 14).
Dr Mahathir quipped that he heard many things about people wanting him to remain as Prime Minister for another 20 years.
"I am already 94. In a few months, I'll be 95. How can I stand (work) for that long," he said.
Dr Mahathir also confirmed to having a meeting in his office with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and that what he (Anwar) said was true.
"I was not involved in any attempt to rally support in order to remain until the end of my term," said the premier.
On Thursday (Feb 13), Anwar said during his meeting in Putrajaya, Dr Mahathir told him that he would relinquish his position as Prime Minister as promised.
The PKR president also said that the power transition would be decided in the Pakatan presidential council meeting on Feb 21.
It is understood that 138 of the 222 MPs have thrown their support behind the Prime Minister. This is just short of 10 seats needed for a strong two-thirds majority.