Time to go, Pakatan Harapan MP tells Dr Mahathir

(FMT) – Pakatan Harapan’s Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Karim has urged Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down, in what could signal deepening problems with the ruling coalition in the wake of differences among Cabinet members over controversies surrounding race and religion.

The PKR leader said he was among MPs from PH who had signed a petition urging the Agong to swear in Mahathir as prime minister following the coalition’s general election victory last year, but that it was now time for the veteran politician to resign.

“It is clear that he cannot address many issues facing the country today,” Hassan said in a statement.

“To save the PH government, I believe there is no other way to prevent PH from disintegrating ahead of the Sarawak state elections such as what happened to Gagasan Rakyat, Barisan Alternatif and Pakatan Rakyat,” he added, referring to past opposition coalitions.

He urged Mahathir to emulate Britain’s war-time prime minister Winston Churchill, who handed over power after successfully leading his country against the Germans.