Limiting tenure of PM, CM may cause instability

Voon Lee Shan

KUCHING: Limiting the tenure of prime minister and chief minister only sounds good in theory but not in practice.

Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan said the suggestion may not necessarily work in Malaysia and Sarawak.

“A short term of office enjoyed by the prime minister and chief minister under our parliamentary system may cause instability of the government and result in ineffective implementation of policies.

“A succeeding prime minister or chief minister may change the policies that had gone well with his own. This will disrupt long term planning.

“Too short a term will also make it difficult for the prime minister or the chief minister to groom a successor,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 14).

He was commenting on a proposal by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to table a Bill in Parliament to introduce a two-term limit for a prime minister.

Voon said if an incompetent prime minister is helming the office, it makes no difference whether the tenure is limited to two-terms as he/she ought to be replaced immediately.

At the same time, the PBK chief said prime ministers and chief ministers are tasked to find solutions to complex societal problems, which could only be crafted from skills learned over the years in the position.

“A new prime minister or chief minister may find it difficult to adjust and learn. The public and country will not be best served if an inexperienced person is on the job.

“If Malaysia wants to progress to a first-class nation, we need leaders who are God fearing, incorruptible and who has the heart of gold to help people. He must have the brain and vision to move the country to prosperity,” he said.

Voon added the country has to get rid of her protectionism policy of protecting the welfare and happiness of one race and religion to the detriment of other races and religions.