KUALA LUMPUR — June 30, 2020: The DAP and Amanah have again made it clear that only the Pakatan Harapan presidential council can decide who should be the opposition’s nominee for prime minister, putting another dent into the choice announced by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad last Saturday.
Thus the two parties insist that it is imperative for the council to meet soonest possible since Parliament is due to start its session on July 13.
In his announcement, former PM Mahathir revealed a plan that named Warisan president and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal as the nominee, followed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as deputy PM (1) and Mahathir’s son Mukhhriz as deputy PM (2), while also claiming that both the DAP and Amanah had supported the plan, only for the two to immediately issue a joint statement to deny this.
They went a step further to say that the idea had to be first brought before their respective central committees for a decision.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said his party’s central executive committee emphasised at its meeting tonight that Pakatan’s position needed to be strengthened.
Amanah communications director Kalid Samad said his party’s leadership agreed that the matter must be decided by the presidential council to ensure unity.
PKR, the other major component in Pakatan, is firmly opposed to Mahathir’s plan and will only support a nomination for Anwar, which makes it almost certain that it will be difficult for the plan to be endorsed by the council, unless the coalition wants to be in further disarray.