PETALING JAYA: As anticipation grows over Pakatan Harapan’s choice for prime minister, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says the matter has been decided, but the coalition will have to wait on its “Pakatan Plus” partners before announcing it.
He said Pakatan has to refer to its partners Parti Warisan Sabah and former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) MPs led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before officially announcing its candidate.
“Pakatan through its secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution already issued a statement saying that no final decision has been made.
“Pakatan, as a body, has already made a decision, but we have to refer to our other partners, including Warisan and former Bersatu MPs led by Dr Mahathir, ” he said in a Facebook Live video on Wednesday (June 17).
Pakatan was expected to announce its choice for premier on Tuesday (June 16), following a meeting on Tuesday last week (June 9).
However, late last night (June 16), Saifuddin issued a statement saying that Pakatan respects the views given by various parties and will issue an official statement once a final decision is reached.
Meanwhile, Anwar said that the agenda of ensuring economic reforms and good governance will always be prioritised by Pakatan, as it is a central theme to the coalition’s struggles.
“For us, change has to be sped up, but we shouldn’t sacrifice our principles In the process.
“Change should be about the people’s concerns. It should also be about boosting investor confidence and generating economic growth.
“This is a key issue in Pakatan and so we apologise for delaying this announcement, ” said the PKR president.
Also on Tuesday (June 16), PKR MP Datuk Seri Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid said a meeting featuring top PKR leaders on Monday (June 15) had unanimously decided against the proposal to nominate Dr Mahathir as Pakatan’s prime minister and Anwar as his deputy.
Sources have also said that some quarters within PKR are against the idea of naming Dr Mahathir as Pakatan’s prime minister candidate, but were prepared to accept it if there was a short timeline in paving the way for Anwar to take over the reins.
Anwar had previously said the official Pakatan headcount of MPs behind it stood at 107. Those aligned with Dr Mahathir include Warisan’s nine MPs and five former Bersatu MPs, as well as the nonagenarian himself.
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