Bersatu's state assemblypersons in Selangor have lent their voice to the chorus calling on Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as prime minister for the full term.
"We, Selangor (Bersatu) state assemblypersons, welcome and support Mahathir to stay on as prime minister until the end of the 14th (Parliament) term.
"This follows media statements made by Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali on July 29, as well as the same position taken by Umno and PAS," said Kuang assemblyperson Sallehudin Amiruddin (photo, in middle) in a statement this afternoon.
Sallehudin, who is also Selangor Bersatu information chief, said this would ensure continuity.
"Since the transition of the federal government in the 14th general election, Mahathir has succeeded in putting Malaysia back on the right path and restored the country's reputation internationally.
"Under his leadership, the confidence of investors and the people have returned due to the government's transparency and 'shared prosperity' concept.
"Therefore, Selangor Bersatu assemblypersons do not see the need for the prime minister to withdraw until his mission to rebuild this country is completed," he said.
Bersatu has five state assemblypersons in Selangor. Pakatan Harapan controls a total of 50 seats in the 56-member state assembly.
Harapan has a consensus for Mahathir to hand over power to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim before the end of his term, but no concrete timeline has been provided.
However, there are now calls for the plan to be scrapped, including from Anwar's own deputy Azmin.
Ties between Anwar and Azmin have soured since late last year after Anwar reappointed Azmin's defeated rivals to the PKR leadership following the party election.
It escalated after a sex video implicating Azmin, who is also the former Selangor menteri besar, was circulated.
Azmin had said that the video was aimed at destroying his political career and is convinced that it was an inside job.