KLANG, Feb 25 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said that he does not need the PAS’ support for him to continue serving as prime minister as he is currently already enjoying support from more than 50 per cent of MPs in Parliament.
“I need about 50 per cent more support from MPs.
“I don’t need support from PAS because Pakatan Harapan itself has more than half [the] seats in the Dewan Rakyat,” Dr Mahathir told reporters in a press conference here.
The PAS has recently expressed support for him to stay on as prime minister, claiming that PKR and DAP are planning to remove him through a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
PAS pledged to support Dr Mahathir in order to protect Islam and Malays.
The national news agency, Bernama reported several PAS leaders had met Dr Mahathir and pledged their support for him to remain as prime minister, and later, in a different scenario, was seen acting in a way that is not supportive of the former.
.On February 14, PAS confirmed it has thrown its support behind Dr Mahathir’s leadership until the next general election.
Its secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said in a statement after the party’s central committee meeting in Marang, that PAS had issued a document expressing the party’s commitment to Dr Mahathir.