Indirectly, Anwar is telling Mahathir to not stay longer than two years

(MMO) – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has reiterated the narrative of a smooth transition process between him and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, saying he expects to be prime minister in not more than two years’ time.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Anwar stressed that Dr Mahathir must be accorded enough space to govern effectively during “very difficult and trying times”.

“Of course it’s not five years because he’s made it very clear they would not exceed two years,” Anwar said.

The issue of transfer of power has been a contentious one. Although Dr Mahathir has repeatedly stated that he will hand over the PM post to Anwar, no formal time frame has been set.

Some within Pakatan Harapan also feel that Dr Mahathir should be allowed a full term to carry out the coalition’s reform pledges.

Anwar said last month that although there was an agreement that he would be the eighth prime minister, it is the people who will ultimately decide on the matter.