KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Dec 2019:
The Constitution Amendment Bill 2019 relating to the tenure of the prime minister was tabled for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat today.
If passed, it will limit the tenure of a prime minister to just two-five year terms.
The bill was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
This sitting of the Dewan Rakyat ends on Thursday and thus, the second and third readings will be tabled when the Lower House reconvenes in March next year.
The bill also contains additional criteria for an MP to be appointed as prime minister.
Meanwhile, asked on proposed constitutional amendments to limit the tenure of the prime minister to two terms, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said: “I am already 94 years old. Do you want me to be prime minister until 100 years?”
Last October, Dr Mahathir said the government planned to limit the period of service for the posts of prime minister, menteri besar and chief minister to two terms.
This was among the promises contained in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto for the last general election.