PETALING JAYA: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be Pakatan Harapan’s prime minister candidate in the next general election.
This was decided at a two-day leaders’ retreat in Port Dickson that began on Thursday.
At the retreat, the leaders of all Pakatan parties agreed that Anwar would be prime minister if the coalition wins the 15th general election (GE15), and that he will head its election campaign.
This was among the points of the “Port Dickson Resolution” released to the media yesterday.
Anwar has been the Opposition’s prime minister candidate since he was sacked by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in 1998 when the latter was the fourth prime minister.
However, because he was in jail during GE14 in 2018, Dr Mahathir led the coalition and ultimately became the seventh prime minister, and Anwar was supposed to have replaced him after gaining a royal pardon.
The Port Dickson Resolution also stated that Pakatan leaders do realise the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the people, economy and country, and criticised the Perikatan Nasional government for making policies that the Opposition claimed have failed to fully handle the problem.
“We also 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 and worries to be understood, championed and fought for, including (their concerns about) unemployment and loss of income, ” the resolution read.
It also said the coalition recognises the potential and importance of Sabah and Sarawak as economic growth engines “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, 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 Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, ” said Fahmi when asked about the attendees.