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Tussle In Pakatan Harapan For PM Candidate Post, After Pact Fails To Reach Consensus


KUALA LUMPUR - Who exactly will be Pakatan Harapan’s nominee as the Prime Minister, if the opposition pact wins the 14th General Election (GE14) ?

Utusan Malaysia reported that this is the question which has cropped up now, after the four parties making up the opposition pact failed to reach a consensus on the matter.

The tussle for the Prime Minister’s post has seen the opposition pact in their eagerness to bring down Barisan Nasional in GE14, being placed on the verge of a turmoil said the Malay daily today.

However, the daily said that it was made to understand that at the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council meeting held on Thursday evening, three members of the pact - DAP, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia had backed for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be nominated as Pakatan’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

This move, however, was opposed by the PKR, it said.

Utusan adds that the failure of the pact’s four members to reach a consensus on the matter had led to them to cancel naming their Prime Ministerial candidate nominee at its day long convention to be held in Shah Alam on Saturday.

The matter was also confirmed by Dr Mahathir, the Pakatan Harapan chairman, after the presidential council meeting, last evening, the daily said.

Dr Mahathir said the pact’s Prime Ministerial candidate would now be announced before GE14.

This has led to speculation that the matter had not received the blessings of opposition de-factor leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Utusan reported.

It adds that prior to this the PKR’s political bureau had backed the proposal that Dr Mahathir should be the pact’s Prime Ministerial candidate.

This green light however came with a condition, in that Anwar should be appointed as the Prime Minister between six and 12 months after Pakatan Harapan is voted into power, Utusan said.

However, this move would still need the blessing from Anwar, it said.

Before this, Dr Mahathir had said that the question of whether he will be appointed as the pact’s Prime Ministerial nominee will depend on the consesus from all four parties making up the opposition pact.

Recently, at a press conference in Putrajaya, Dr Mahathir was asked on whether it was essential that he was named as the pact’s Prime Ministerial candidate. His his response was that it was not an important matter, due to his advanced age.

“This year I am 92. I am going to be 93. (And) clearly, I will not be Prime Minister or any other till I am 100 years old,” Dr Mahathir quipped.