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Mahathir – (News) call not to appoint – 4 & 5

Posted on: March 20, 2009


Bernama – Friday, March 20

Dr Mahathir said that there was nothing in the Federal Constitution which stated that the Umno president must be the prime minister.

“There is no provision. That is only our arrangement,” he said, adding that legally, the current prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi could continue serving his term until the next general election if he wanted to.

“But of course he may face a vote of no confidence in Parliament… he has a good chance of winning with the support of opposition members but he will become the prime minister of the opposition,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said opposition members also had votes in Parliament and if they, together with some members of the Barisan Nasional, were to vote for Abdullah, “then he will be the PM (prime minister).”

If you pass judgment, you must be consistent. It must apply to everybody in the same way and in the same amount.

“You cannot say, well, he killed that person so he should be hanged. And then he killed another person but this other person is not important, so let him go,” he said.

The former Umno president also spoke on the possibility of a “motion of confidence” be tabled in Parliament to have Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi remained as the prime minister.

“It’s a possibility; it’s not against the law. The law provides that to be the prime minister, you must have the support of the majority in Parliament but it does not say from which party.

“According to the constitution, the person who shall be made the prime minister is a person who has the majority support in Parliament. If you appoint somebody who has no majority support, he will be out,” he said.

— BERNAMA

MAS SHY JS

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