Former senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor has back Bersatu's proposal for Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stay on as prime minister for a full term – despite his insistence that he must keep his promise to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim.
The statement comes amid a feud between the PKR president and his deputy Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Ezam was formerly an opponent of Azmin's, but the duo reconciled last year.
"The proposal at the Bersatu annual general assembly for Mahathir to remain as prime minister for one term is appropriate.
"The people want a prime minister who can work and solve their and the country's problems... that was why the people chose him as prime minister for the second time.
"Mahathir is not perfect, but he seems capable of solving the country's problems based on his track record," he said.
Ezam also stressed that Mahathir's successor must be someone who does not cause problems.
"The next prime minister must be chosen on the same basis. Is he capable or seen to be capable of solving the country's problems?
"Or will he court more problems for the country? This is the fundamental question.
"It is not about agreements between individuals or the parties that form the basis of choosing the prime minister, it is about the country," he said.
Despite calls for him to stay on as prime minister for a full term, Mahathir has repeatedly insisted that he must stick to his promise to only be the interim premier.