BANGI: The proposal to amend the Federal Constitution to ensure that only a Malay could become prime minister is not reasonable. It could only merely heat the situation.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the party that proposed this did not understand the actual concept of the Federal Constitution.
He said the Opposition might as well search for ideas on how to raise the national economy and lower the burden of the people rather than continuing to raise unnecessary issues.
“Now we have the Constitution, the regulation and this is not an issue. It is not an issue and does not make the situation difficult.
“The Opposition also raised the issue of re-delineation when it has not been raised at all. They only want to create disharmony among the Malays, they want to make us angry. They do not understand the Constitution.
“The constitution enables us to review the redelineation only at the end of 2026. Why are they harping on it?”
The Prime Minister said that to the reporters after joining a congregation for Friday prayers at Surau Al-Kauthar today and after having his lunch at Restoran Mak Kimbong, Bandar Baru Bangi. Also present was Bangi Member of Parliament Syahredzan Johan.
Anwar was responding to media queries on the suggestion by Parti Pribumi Bersatu (Bersatu) Youth Chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal to amend the Federal Constitution so that only a Malay can become the prime minister.
Wan Ahmad Fayhsal’s proposal comes after DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang said that the constitution does not prevent any non-Malay from becoming prime minister.
Ask whether is it needed to amend the constitution, the prime minister said, there is no need and there is no discussion about it.
“Since independence until today, the Prime Minister candidate is only the Malay…after that, the candidate from the Opposition is also Malay. Now the country continues to progress.
“The rights of the people have been protected, interests of all the people, all ethnic groups, and all territories have been taken care of by the government,” Anwar said.
Later this afternoon, Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin pointed out, “There is no mention of race, religion or gender that stipulates only Malays can become the prime minister.”
“Hence, the Malays cannot do anything if a non-Malay becomes prime minister, even if it is against their wishes.
“(And) while this system (of democracy) guarantees that Malays can be the prime minister in the past, the guarantee no longer exists with the rapid political changes happening in our country,” he said in a statement, today.
According to local media, Yesterday, Parti Pribumi Bersatu (Bersatu) Youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal challenged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to amend the Federal Constitution to ensure that only Malays can become the prime minister.
–Malaysia World News