KUALA LUMPUR — June 22, 2020: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has claimed that Pakatan Harapan leaders do not trust Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to be prime minister again if the coalition regains power.
Anwar also claimed that the leaders had named him as the PM candidate at their recent presidential council meeting but Mahathir rejected it and insisted he wanted to be PM a third time.
“We argued and I explained that he had been the prime minister for 24 years and he should give the post to someone else. We had already made a promise,” said Anwar at a lecture which was broadcast online last night.
Anwar reasoned that the fact a signed agreement had to be stipulating Mahathir to be PM for six months meant there was suspicion among the leaders.
“Based on our experience, we cannot trust him (Dr Mahathir) one hundred per cent,” remarked Anwar.
The PKR central council last week stated that it will not support Mahathir as Pakatan’s PM candidate and would only agree to the coalition’s earlier consensus of nominating Anwar. (Editor’s note: But the DAP and Amanah insist on Mahathir being PM again, after which he would hand over to Anwar. The Pakatan Plus alliance comprises the two parties, PKR, Sabah’s Warisan and four former Pribumi Bersatu MPs aligned to Mahathir.)
Anwar said he was not confident it would be in the country’s best interest to once again have Mahathir as PM and that he would be in a difficult position if he is Mahathir’s deputy but did not elaborate.
“I joked with my colleagues from PH. How long must I suffer. Enough is enough,” he quipped.
He also pointed out that Mahathir had yet to secure the support of a majority of MPs — a point used by the DAP and Amanah against a nomination for Anwar.