Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has declared today (25th February 2019) that it does not need support from Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS) to remain prime minister putting down the Islamist party’s confusing claims of support.
As the Pakatan Harapan currently has 50% of the MPs and more than half the seats for the Dewan Rakyat, Dr Mahathir has said he does not need support from the opposition, commenting on PAS pledge of support for his leadership in the event there is a vote of no-confidence against him.
“I need the support of around more than 50 percent (of MPs). I don’t need PAS’ support because Harapan itself has more than half of the seats in the Dewan Rakyat,” MalaysiaKini reported him saying in Klang this afternoon.
He added that PAS is free to support him but added that there is no need for the party to convey that to him directly. He preferred if they supported the government instead, and not him alone.
“If they want to support, can. But they can’t just sign a document declaring support for me, but not Harapan.
“I’m not the government, Harapan is,” he quipped.
In a separate report, he also commented that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) may not have the full details yet on alleged transfer of RM90 million to PAS.
“That is what MACC said, but it could be that MACC does not have the complete information. It takes time,” he told reporters in Klang this afternoon.
“So, I believe MACC needs more time to investigate in order to obtain more information regarding the matter,” he added.
With reference to Najib, Mahathir was reported by MalaysiaKini saying that the MACC might not have time to investigate the alleged numerous theft cases involving former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s administration.
“To date, there were many thefts by Najib which MACC does not have the time to investigate.
“This does not mean that he (Najib) did not steal. It is just that it is still being scrutinised. Let us wait to see if it is true or not.”
Malaymail had reported that MACC commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull saying that investigations thus far had found no evidence of the alleged transaction, but he was reported to have decline to comment if investigation had been closed.
“From our investigations so far, there was no deposit of RM90mil from 1MDB into PAS’ account.
“Okay, that’s enough,” Shukri was reported by the Star saying when questioned if there are any follow-up action by the MACC’s investigation division would be taken.
by bob Tan
25th February 2019 18:10