Fixed parliamentary term not a priority – PM

IT IS too premature for the unity government to make any decision if it plans to push for introducing a fixed-term parliament legislation in the country, says Anwar Ibrahim.

The Prime Minister said the Cabinet had yet to convene any discussion on the proposal which was mooted by Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“We have not discussed this and it is too premature for us to come to any decision on the matter.

“We have not even obtained any comments from the Attorney General. In addition, there is no consensus among the leaders of parties aligned with the unity government on the proposal.

“I think we have to wait for the due process. However, there have been suggestions and we will look at them. Having said that, the matter is not a priority,” he told reporters in Serdang, today.

He was asked to comment on the proposal by Zahid for a bill to be drafted to ensure that a government must complete its five-year term.

Asked if the federal administration should also push a law to ensure the government could serve a full term of five years, Anwar replied: “we will study this.”

“To me, however, this is not a priority. We will go through a process

“The problem is that because of the perceived attempt of the opposition (to topple the government) which to me has no basis whatsoever.

“They (the opposition) are very weak. They do not even muster one third of the spot (one third majority in the Dewan Rakyat),” he said.