KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has quashed calls for her to step down as Deputy Prime Minister to make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“I don’t think the matter arises because as promised before, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be the Prime Minister and I the deputy,” she said when met at the sidelines of the cyber defence conference yesterday.
Dr Wan Azizah said there were no disputes or issues even when Anwar took over the role as PKR party president.
“As stated before, when Anwar becomes the Prime Minister, I will step down, so there is no issue,” she added.
Jeram assemblyman Mohd Shaid Rosli said it was necessary for Anwar to become the deputy prime minister so that he could succeed Dr Mahathir as prime minister.
Otai Reformis, a pro-Anwar group, had also urged Dr Mahathir to step down so that Anwar could become the next premier.
On Monday, PKR Youth secretary Chua Wei Kiat said the agreement in Pakatan Harapan was that Dr Wan Azizah should remain as Deputy Prime Minister and Dr Mahathir as Prime Minister until the handover of power to Anwar (to become the prime minister).
This was proposed and agreed upon unanimously at the PKR congress last year, although Dr Wan Azizah did not assume the post of party president, noted the Rawang assemblyman.