Emulating the political system in several developed countries, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) says it will limit the term of the prime minister if it comes to power.
Its vice-president Mukhriz Mahathir said should the party take over Putrajaya after the next general election, any of its leaders would only be allowed to hold the premiership for a maximum of two full five-year terms.
This, he said, was important to avoid management crises and abuse of power as seen with the current Barisan Nasional (BN) administration.
“Maybe there will be those who will say that (former premier) Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister for 22 years.
“But that was then. After what has happened with (current prime minister) Najib Razak, this has to change. We don’t want the same thing to happen again.
“So let it be a practice that a person may only remain as the prime minister for two terms, if the rakyat allows him to stay on for the second term,” he said at a dialogue session here last night.
The former Kedah Menteri Besar added that unlike Umno and BN, PPBM would also limit the term that an individual was allowed to hold a certain position.
“In the party, each person is allowed to hold the same position for only three terms. Each term is three years, so the maximum would be nine years.”
Mukhriz expressed hope that with the proposed new system, no national scandals such as the debt-ridden state investment firm 1MDB, or the controversial RM2.6 billion political donation would recur.
He said whoever inherited the government from Najib would have a “headache” trying to fix the damage that had been done.
“But if we get elected as the new government, we will firstly stop the situation from becoming worse, then we will try to reverse the damage.
“It won’t be easy and I can imagine the person taking over will have a headache trying to solve it,” Mukhriz said.
Nawar Firdaws@FMT Reporters Online