Anwar Ibrahim said he is willing to let Dr Mahathir Mohamad lead the country until after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and this matter will be decided on Feb 21.
Anwar, who is PKR president, said this would be decided at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Presidential Council meeting on that date.
“I am inclined to let him continue leading the country until after APEC (meeting) is completed. However, this matter will be decided at the PH Presidential Council meeting on Feb 21,” he said in a statement today.
Malaysia will host the APEC Summit in November this year.
Anwar said he had met Dr Mahathir in Putrajaya to discuss the transition plan for the post of prime minister.
Anwar said he raised this issue because it was believed that PAS, a group from UMNO and a handful of PKR members were involved in efforts to gather signatures to support Dr Mahathir’s leadership until the end of the full term.
Anwar said Dr Mahathir was not involved in these efforts and in fact reiterated his firm statement that he would hand over power as promised.
“I also informed the prime minister that in view of the existence of this dirty trick, the PH leadership and several other partners would continue to defend the PH agreement which was signed on Jan 7, 2018, that is to firmly support his leadership as the 7th Prime Minister and me as the 8th Prime Minister,” he added.
Anwar said that in the almost two years of PH administration, this agreement had not been disturbed by any of the component parties (PKR, DAP, Amanah and PPBM.)
Meanwhile the Port Dickson MP also said the government is always reviewing the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast.
Anwar said the review of the country’s GDP growth forecast for 2020 is not something abnormal as it has been done in other countries.
“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank are continuously reviewing GDP growth. I am sure the prime minister will take the new factors into account.
“Give them time to analyse the data,” he said.
Anwar was asked to comment on opposition leader Mohamad Hasan’s claim that government had failed to forecast the country’s GDP growth.
The country’s GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2019 slowed to 3.6 per cent, dragging the full-year GDP growth to 4.3 per cent, the lowest since the 2009 financial crisis.
In December, Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali was reported as saying that Malaysia is expected to achieve a stronger and more sustainable GDP growth of 4.8 per cent this year.
14th February 2020 11:33