1. Various of Malaysia's designated prime minister-in-waiting, Anwar Ibrahim arriving for summit
2. Local photographers taking pictures
3. Anwar taking seat
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's designated prime minister-in-waiting:
“The succession plan is as agreed. Let PM (Prime Minister) Mahathir conduct the affairs of the state. We support him, that’s important. And I don’t think we should be rushing into it because he (Mahathir) is playing a very critical role for the country. The country needs stability and a strong leader now and I want to make sure that he is effective in his position.”
5. Various of Anwar delivering speech
6. Anwar on stage for Q&A session
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia's designated prime minister-in-waiting:
“So I have no reason therefore after these months, to question his (Mahathir's) sincerity. He has undertaken this reform agenda, but I know him and many of you know him.”
Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim said Saturday that he had no reason to doubt his former political nemesis will hand over the position of prime minister within two years as planned.
Anwar and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad put aside their 20-year-old feud to help their four-party alliance win elections in May.
This led to the first change of power since independence from Britain in 1957.
The alliance had agreed that Mahathir would be prime minister and then hand over the reins to Anwar.
On Saturday, Anwar said that contesting in a by-election after a lawmaker from his party resigned earlier this week was “well within the plan” of his eventual succession.
But said he was in no rush to take over.
“I think the succession plan is as agreed. Let PM (Prime Minister) Mahathir conduct the affairs of the state. We support him, that's important. And I don't think we should be rushing to it, because he's playing a very critical role for the country,” Anwar said.
“The country needs stability and a strong leader now and I want to make sure that he is effective in his position,” he added.
Anwar spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the Singapore Summit, which was attended by business leaders and academics from Asia.
He added that he has a close relationship with Mahathir and sees no reason to doubt the latter's sincerity, given how he has acted in the four months since the historic electoral victory.
The government has clamped down on corruption by making the country's anti-corruption body accountable to Parliament instead of just the prime minister, Anwar said.
It has also recovered millions out of $4.5 billion which was reportedly misappropriated from the indebted 1MDB Malaysian state investment fund, he added.
Mahathir, who is the world's oldest elected leader at 93, has endorsed Anwar's move to contest in a by-election.
Mahathir has said he will not renege on his promise to hand over power, despite not having settled on a date.
A by-election will be held in the southern coastal town of Port Dickson.
The Election Commission will set a date for the vote, which must be held within two months.