KUALA LUMPUR: There are individuals within PKR who want to prevent party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from becoming Prime Minister in two years, claims Dr Idris Ahmad, chairman of Otai Reformasi, a non-governmental organisation that once advocated for Anwar's release from his second sodomy charge.
"It is very clear that there are people who want to prevent Datuk Seri Anwar from becoming prime minister and maybe in PKR, there are those who want a situation of a power grab," he said in a press conference here on Thursday (Jan 3).
He warned that the movement will oppose anyone that attempted to thwart Anwar from becoming Prime Minister, as agreed by the Pakatan Harapan presidential council.
When asked to be specific on those in PKR who are against the transition of power, Dr Idris merely said that it is clear from several Facebook postings, including a statement from a minister.
"Why are there suddenly comments here and there?
"We don't want doubts to be created and will go all out to defend the transition of power," he said.
On Tuesday (Jan 1), PKR supreme council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's term as an interim Prime Minister has never been discussed at the Pakatan presidential council meeting.
Saifuddin, who is also Foreign Minister, said Pakatan only made the decision that Anwar would be appointed to the post after Dr Mahathir.
Dr Idris also said the movement was against the recent motion raised at the recent Parti Peribumi Bersatu Malaysia convention, calling for Dr Mahathir to complete a full term as Prime Minister.
Dr Idris also said that PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali's recent calls for Anwar to review the appointments to the party's central leadership council (MPP) line-up is connected to attempts to derail the transition of power.
"There must be discipline or standard operating procedures to state anything.
"We view his (Azmin) statement seriously, as it was done publicly," he said.
Without specifying names, he said that Azmin had changed his tune following the recent PKR polls.
Among those appointed was former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, who had lost the deputy presidency to Azmin in a heated contest.
It is said that Rafizi is allied to Anwar.
On Saturday (Dec 29), Anwar reminded Azmin to use proper channels when raising party matters instead of going to the media.
Anwar defended the appointments as being inclusive.