Malaysiakini Opinion

Why exempt Guan Eng and Azmin from term limits?

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COMMENT | How pleasant to discover that Pakatan Harapan intends to impose two-term limits on their heads of government.

How equally unpleasant to read immediately thereafter that Penang's Lim Guan Eng and Selangor's Azmin Ali will be exempt from this rule because: "The two-term limit begins with the 14th general election onwards so it doesn't impact Lim or Azmin."

This is most disappointing reasoning which withers under the most basic of scrutiny. The key question is this: what exactly is the point of a two-term limit?

If the reasoning is that two-term limits are good because the longest time any individual should be in power is for two terms, then what earthly sense could it possibly make to have this policy but not apply it retroactively?

This appears to be a terrible case of trying to have your cake and eat it too.

What is the logic here?...