Anwar presses on for power transfer as KL faces backlash

PH leaders differ on handover time amid public unhappiness

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left in photo) told Bloomberg in a Feb 13 interview that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will leave the post within two years. But Tun Dr Mahathir told the Indonesia media last week that he needs at least 21/2 years to fix M
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left in photo) told Bloomberg in a Feb 13 interview that Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will leave the post within two years. But Tun Dr Mahathir told the Indonesia media last week that he needs at least 21/2 years to fix Malaysia’s problems.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has subtly ramped up pressure for the promised transition of power to him from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, even as their Pakatan Harapan (PH) government faces public backlash over discordant policies and a slowing economy.

While Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) publicly threw its support behind Tun Dr Mahathir on Sunday amid swirling rumours of a no-confidence vote against his administration, the party repeated Mr Anwar's recent claim that the Premier had agreed to hand over power to him within two years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2019, with the headline 'Anwar presses on for power transfer as KL faces backlash'. Subscribe