PETALING JAYA: Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) president Wong Soon Koh has rejected the idea for the Sarawak premiership to be limited to two terms like in neighbouring Sabah.
He said a “brilliant” leader should be allowed to continue serving so that the state or nation can advance, reporters reported yesterday.
“For a premier with low and poor leadership qualities, even one term is too long.
“On the other hand, two terms would be too short for a good and capable leader who has the people at heart,” he said.
Wong said even China will soon amend its long tradition of a two-term limit in office for top leaders to allow President Xi Jinping to continue serving for continuity and stability.
The Bawang Assan assemblyman’s remarks come after Sabah chief minister Hajiji Noor said the state Cabinet had agreed in principle to limit the chief minister’s tenure to two terms.
Hajiji said on Saturday the proposal will be brought to the next Sabah state legislative assembly meeting for approval.
It will involve amending the state constitution, which requires two-thirds support in the assembly.
“I made the proposal and the state Cabinet members have agreed to this. So, if all government and opposition assemblymen join hands and vote for the change, we will amend the state constitution.
“This proposal is another initiative brought by Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) and Barisan Nasional,” Hajiji had said in a statement.
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