KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 – Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hopes he could be sworn in officially as Malaysia’s seventh Prime Minister by 5pm today as he has garnered support of over 135 parliamentarians from Pakatan Harapan, Parti Warisan Sabah and others to form the federal government.
At a press conference today, the designated Prime Minister (PM) candidate for the coalition said there is an urgency to form a government immediately today, as the country is now running without a government. He also added that there is no rule of law without a government.
“Pakatan Harapan (PH) has already won a clear majority, and therefore entitled to form the government. We standby the rule of law and Constitution, which states that the Prime Minister must have the majority support from MPs, and be duly appointed based on the Constitution. But there is some delay, which was due to lack of understanding of the Constitution,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said that Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s interim government is “over” which he (Najib) has made a very gracious statement that he accepted the verdict of the people and he is no longer the government. He also informed all MPs under PH as well as parties in Sabah that supports the coalition will be signing a declaration of support to be sent to the King.
Dr Mahathir hopes that the swearing in of the new prime minister will take place once all the parties have signed the declaration. He said he hope PH can form as a government today without delay due to there is a lot of mess in the country they need to attend it as soon as possible. — PN