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Looks like it's going to be a short stint for our new Prime Minister.
When Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad swore in as the seventh Prime Minister last Thursday, many were worried about the toll that the job would take on his 92-year-old body.
Being a Prime Minister isn't an easy task and it would take a lot of time, effort and commitment. So naturally, Malaysians wondered if Dr M would be able to handle the stress, especially at his age.
Thankfully, he knows about the occupational hazard that comes with the job, and he doesn't plan to stay on long.
Dr M told a Wall Street Journal conference in Tokyo on Tuesday that he only plans to become the Prime Minister for less than two years
“(In) an initial stage, maybe lasting one or two years, I will be the prime minister,” he was quoted by The New Straits Times
When he retires (again!), he told the conference that he will play more of a behind-the-scenes role.
At the moment, he did not mention who will take on the mantle when he steps down.
The general consensus is that his former adversary-turned-ally Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is set to be released from prison on Wednesday (16 May), is next in line to become Prime Minister.
However, Dr M said the 70-year-old Anwar would first need to seek a seat in parliament and he expects him to "play the same role as the leaders of the other three parties".
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Whoever the person may be, we hope that our future Prime Minister will be as wise as Dr M.
And please lah
, let Dr M and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah enjoy their retirement this time.