Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Hajiji Noor said Malaysia’s existing no-limit term system for the prime
minister, chief ministers and menteri besar is still relevant in the country.
“There is no need for a two-term limit in Malaysia at this point in time. What is important is that we live in a peacful and harmonious environment; and we are practising democracy as enshrined in the constitution,” he said, speaking to reporters after attending an Aidilfitri gathering organised by a government subsidiary Supernesa Sdn Bhd last night.
Hajiji was commenting on the call by United Borneo Front (UBF) president Dr Jeffrey Kitingan for the federal government to put in place a national policy, limiting the term of prime minister, menteri besar and chief ministers,
to just two terms.
Jeffrey, the former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president who now heads non-governmental organisations UBF and Borneo Heritage Foundation, was recently quoted as wanting an end to the country’s current system which allowed the prime minister or chief minister to stay in power for decades.
On Jeffery’s call that Malaysia emulate developed countries and not follow in the footsteps of countries that had a history of leaders heading their country for too long, Hajiji said Malaysia need not necessarily follow what other countries were practising.
“Let our own people decide when the time is right,” he said.
Earlier Supernesa Sdn Bhd chairman Hamisa Samat advised officers and staff of the company to adopt a par excellence work culture.
She said teamwork was the core of stability in an organisation, in every department and company.