KUALA LUMPUR — June 23, 2020: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has rejected Pakatan Harapan’s proposal for him to succeed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister after six months if the coalition regains control of the federal government.
Anwar made clear in an interview posted online last night that he could not accept the proposal as it could lead to at least half a year of uncertainty over matters like the permanence of the Cabinet and policies.
“You will have six months when you are not able to focus on reforms and the economy,” he told Channel News Asia.
Instead, Anwar is of the views that the country needs to move on as the people are getting disillusioned with politics.
He nonetheless said he was not opposed to an advisory role for Mahathir, such as making him senior minister or minister mentor ala Lee Kuan Yew like previously done in Singapore.
Pakatan is divided between a PKR which wants Anwar as PM and the rest going for Mahathir.
Yesterday, DAP and Amanah pressed Anwar and PKR to accept the deal by saying the transition and timeline would be formalised in writing.
Mahathir resigned as PM in February amidst pressure by the Pakatan partners to hand over to Anwar, triggering the collapse of the government.
Anwar also stated that Pakatan must get ready for a snap election as early as August and was optimistic of its chances.