Dr M: No party sidelined in new Pakatan leadership

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  • Friday, 14 Jul 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) insists that no component party was sidelined in the new Pakatan Harapan leadership which was announced early Friday morning.

"Nobody is sidelined. We are all together and we are equal among each other," he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court here on Friday.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) chairman said this in response to Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak who had questioned why none of the top posts in the new Opposition structure went to DAP, despite the party having the most number of MPs in the coalition.

In the line-up, Dr Mahathir was named as Pakatan chairman, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as its de-facto leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as president.

The two DAP leaders who made it to the line-up were Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was named as one of the deputy presidents and Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chien Jen as one of the vice-presidents.

Asked whether the decision was made by consensus, Dr Mahathir admitted that decisions of the coalition have not always been made by consensus.

"Not always by consensus. In certain cases, we have to go by majority, and last night also we had to decide on majority," he said.

On who should be the prime minister-in-waiting if the Opposition wrests Federal power, he said the pact had yet to decide.

"(But) we will not have a prime minister-in-waiting or an interim prime minister. It is going to be a prime minister," he said quickly before leaving the premises.

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