PETALING JAYA: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will again be Pakatan Harapan’s choice of prime minister candidate in GE15.
This was decided at a leaders retreat in Port Dickson on Thursday (April 8) and Friday (April 9).
During the retreat, the leaders of all Pakatan parties agree that Anwar will be PM if the coalition wins GE15 and that the PKR president will head the campaign for the coalition in the next general election.
"The Pakatan leaders retreat at Port Dickson has decided that Pakatan chairman Anwar will head the Pakatan general election campaign and then to be its prime minister candidate," according to the "Port Dickson resolution".
Anwar has been the Opposition's PM candidate since he was sacked by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad when the latter was the fourth Prime Minister.
He was supposed to have replaced Dr Mahathir when the latter became the seventh prime minister when the two worked together in Pakatan.
The statement further said the leaders "realised the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the people, economy and country.
"The policies of Perikatan have failed to handle it fully.
"We regret that Malaysian democracy has eroded due to political treachery and defection to the extent that the people's belief in democracy has faded.
"We are convinced that the people hope for their voices, hopes, worries and complaints to be understood, championed and fought for, including unemployment and loss of income," according to the statement.
It also said the coalition recognises the potential and importance of Sabah and Sarawak as an economic growth engine "in line with the synergy of the development of the new Indonesian capital in Kalimantan".
Calling on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al- Mustafa Billah Shah to call off the state of emergency, the Pakatan leaders also said the coalition will start a nationwide roadshow.
PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said the retreat was attended by Anwar, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, members of the Pakatan presidential council and leaders of the various wings of the parties.
"It was also attended by Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari, Negri Sembilan MB Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow," said Fahmi when asked who attended the event.