PUTRAJAYA: The Pakatan Harapan Agreement which was signed on Jan 6, last year did not set a timeline for PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over as prime minister.
In saying this, Pakatan Harapan (PH) secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said both Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar would know what was best when the time comes.
“We didn’t set any timeline in the agreement because we expect the leaders to understand the terms of agreement,” he said after receiving a courtesy call from UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt at Wisma Putra here.
When asked if Dr Mahathir would remain as prime minister for the next five years, Saifuddin said PH had not discussed this matter.
“As I said, the reason we don’t have a timeline in the agreement is because we respect the two leaders. Between them, they will know what is the best thing to do.
“I’m sure they will be able to decide (on the matter),” he told.
Yesterday, Anwar who is the prime minister in-wating tweeted that Dr Mahathir must be given the space to lead the government for the agreed upon duration.
He also said that Dr Mahathir has the full support of Pakatan Harapan (PH).
His tweets came along after a meeting with Dr Mahathir yesterday.
Saifuddin said he was happy that both leaders had a fruitful meeting yesterday, discussing on the matter.
The agreement outlined that Dr Mahathir would be named as prime minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as deputy prime minister and Anwar as the eighth prime minister, but did not set a timeline, he added.
Before the 14th general election, PH component parties agreed that if the coalition won, Dr Mahathir would be the PM for two years before handing over the position to Anwar.
Dr Mahathir has also said that he would keep his word as he was “only a temporary PM.”
This was despite calls from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia members who urged him to stay on as prime minister for the next five years until the next general election.
On a separate matter, Saifuddin refused to answer questions on PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali who expressed dissatisfaction over appointments made by Anwar, which saw former vice-president Rafizi Ramli being reinstated to his old post.
“I can’t comment on internal affairs. I think Azmin has his point as to why he made the statement. I believe PKR has its own way of resolving the issue. I believe this can be resolved between Anwar and Azmin,” he added.