6th August 2019 DO NOT ALLOW OBSESSION WITH PREMIERSHIP SUCCESSION DERAIL OUR REFORM AGENDA
Of late there has been calls by some quarters to set a definite time frame for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to hand over the premiership to his anointed successor. There are also others who have voiced their support for Dr Mahathir to complete his full five-year tenure as PM. What is more worrying is that the intensity of the ongoing power struggle and the issue of premiership succession appears to have overshadowed our reform agenda.
Patriot regrets that this has to happen. It is not only an unnecessary and damaging distraction but also a betrayal of the rakyat’s hope and aspirations. We further note that in their quest for positions and power certain politicians have stooped so low to gutter politics. This is highly unethical. They are arguably as bad as the kleptocrat BN politicians.
Like the majority of people who voted and threw our support behind PH under the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir, we did that with the understanding that it would overthrow the kleptocrat BN government and to carry out the necessary reforms to get the country back on track again.
Patriot would like to see politicians involved in this power struggle to behave in the manner that is worthy of the people’s respect, trust and support. They should instead fully focus on their respective portfolios and responsibilities and to fulfill their promises of reform as expected by the rakyat who voted them in.
Patriot views the problem not lies with Dr Mahathir as he had repeatedly said he would hand over the premiership when the time was suitable. Patriot understands that the PH Presidential Council has already made a decision on leadership succession, and will respect that. Any attempt on horse-trading for the premiership succession will be viewed in contempt.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan
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