Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said on Monday that he would not stay longer than he should as prime minister.
"I would retire one day but I could not leave in this kind of political scenario. I will retire one day, of course. I'm not going to stay longer than I should".
"But there are certain things that I like to do now. I cannot leave at a time when the party is in this condition. I cannot leave at a time when we are preparing for the imple mentation of development projects. We have already promised the people. We will do it.
"I'm not going to stay on for years. Certainly not," the prime minister told reporters after meeting Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders on Monday.
Abdullah was asked whether he had a date in mind on when he would retire after having named Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as his successor.
The prime minister said Sunday Najib was his successor and that they had no problems between them. On naming Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as his successor, Abdullah said in jest: "Of course. Are you in doubt that you have to ask me again"
"Datuk Seri Najib understands me more than you can understand me. I am not going to stay on for years. Certainly not," he added. Abdullah also thanked Sabahans for having given the mandate to the BN in last month's general election.
"I wish to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations and thanks to everyone and the chief minister (Datuk Seri Musa Aman) for the cooperation in the BN which led to the big victory in the general election," he said.