What stops Anwar from becoming PM despite early release

Amin Iskandar Looi Sue-Chern

Anwar Ibrahim could be out in June next year, 20 months early from the end of his five-year prison sentence. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, December 31, 2017.

ANWAR Ibrahim is unable to become prime minister even if he is released early from prison, unless a constitutional provision that disqualifies him from contesting in elections is removed by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

Under Article 48 of the Federal Constitution, an MP is disqualified if he or she is convicted of an offence and is sentenced to jail for no less than a year, or to a fine not less than RM2,000, and has not received a pardon.

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  • Lets face reality. Anwar will never be the PM8 or even PM9. It is preordained that his maink task was to gel the opposition force and provide advisory guidance in his leadership role and that is already completed in the first phase. He is past the prime period. Madhatir is also not a PM materials anymore but playing his role as a filler and to ride out eventually still unfulfilling his desire and wish list . It is also not within his choice to make a next PM. The political landscape has changed tremendously in Malaysia where old schools of thoughts are totally not at all in sync to make a radical change to bring the country back on track. The fast moving pace and interactions of social economic and political factors are more accomodating to the young quick witted politicians who are dynamic and resilent in nature. Unless by Almighty grace of intervention Malaysia will forge ahead with new inspiring changes.

    Posted 3 years ago by Lee Lee