"The 8-year suggestion should be considered but if someone had given the best service and had not committed anything which could be detrimental to the country, an extension would be appropriate."
Before some people say its alright for Dr. Mahathir to say about it, after all he had 22 years of being Malaysia's Prime Minister, however, I think what he say make a lot of sense. Malaysia is on its way to becoming a matured economy, times they are a changing and our PM do not have to stay more than 8 years. Even the DYMM Agung is rotated among our Raja-Raja every 5 years.
Ya I think its a good idea whose time has definitely come. First though UMNO must lead the way and impose a restriction of a maximum of 8 years for its President.
Tun M: 8-year term for PM reasonable
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he welcomed a suggestion to limit the term of a Prime Minister to eight years.
He said the suggestion should be considered but if someone had given the best service and had not committed anything which could be detrimental to the country, an extension would be appropriate.
"For example if we limit the period of power to a term, it will not enable a leader to perform his duties efficiently and will fail to carry out what has been planned," he said.
Dr Mahathir, who had held the position for 22 years from 1981 until 2003, said this during a question-and-answer session at a forum entitled Current Challenges of Democracy System and Malaysian Constitution Towards Achieving Vision 2020 here, today.
He said this in response to a suggestion by Pasir Mas member of parliament Datuk Ibrahim Ali who proposed that a person holding the post of a Prime Minister be limited to only eight years.
Dr Mahathir said the duration was relevant as normally after taking over the the country's leadership, the person has to first learn about it.
"The first year is the year to start learning the intricacies of governing, the second year to plan and set out various programmes while the third year is the year for him to implement what he has planned.
"The fourth year comes the general election. So where he has the time to carry out what he had planned to do," he said. -BERNAMA
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