KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 15, 2020: DAP’s Klang MP Charles Santiago wants the Pakatan Harapan presidential council to be firm in setting a date for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to step down.
Santiago made the call after Mahathir said he was prepared to relinquish his post if the council so decided.
“Presidential council, please make a decision,” Santiago said in a statement today.
He also described it as very clever of Mahathir to shift the responsibility for the transition of power to the council while adding that sentiments on the ground have shifted and that Mahathir no longer commands the support of the people.
“His (Mahathir’s) people, who monitor social media platforms, must have told him that the rakyat are asking him to go gracefully.
“But since Dr. Mahathir has openly said he would abide by the council’s decision, they must politely accept his offer of resignation.
“The ball, as they say, is now in the presidential council’s court. We will wait to hear from them,” said Santiago.
Mahathir had said he was ready to give up in response to a suggestion by several PKR politicians that he handed over the post to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in May.
Previously Mahathir had said he would do so after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting Malaysia is hosting in November.