Suggestion for Ku Li as PM draws flak


Nikita Nawawi
Written by Nikita Nawawi

KUALA LUMPUR – August 21, 2015: Supporters of opposition parties have been pouring scorn on the claim by Pas that the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat would have won the previous general election if Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had been made the grouping’s choice as prime minister.

Pas election director Datuk Mustafa Ali yesterday revealed that the Islamist party had suggested to DAP and PKR for Razaleigh, also known as Ku Li, to be announced as their chief executive should Pakatan win the election.

He insisted that Pakatan would have won the election because Ku Li’s involvement in it would have brought in more support from the Malays.

Mustafa’s statement was immediately lambasted by opposition parties’ supporters in cyberspace, with many still holding Pas responsible for the grouping’s disintegration.

Jennifer Kien Phan: “Stop pointing finger when the actual problem is Pas. Just look at Selangor menteri besar tussle. Had Pas not caused problems while Kajang Move was a strategy to benefit everyone in Pakatan including Pas?

“To think Ku Li would jump ship; it is just a wet day dream. Ku Li is just another coward who would not risk his income and comfort given by Umno. He said he is still Najib supporter as of today.”

Joseph Chan: “Wow the soothsayer is here. It is all “IF”. How can Ku Li join and wanted to be prime minister when he is so ‘loyal’ to Umno and is a candidate for the party in the last general election?

“Yes the Chinese votes were for Pakatan and that included Pas but come the next general election, Pas is going to be PasT. Pakatan 2.0 will carry on the fight to gain Putrajaya and we are confident they can do the job.”

Derp: “First of all, with or without Ku Li, Umno and BN will still win as they had donations for themselves.

“Secondly, If Pas announced Ku Li as a prime minister candidate; it could be more detrimental to Pakatan’s support.

“Thirdly, we may ask if Pas ever believed in Anwar, or even a slightest respect for him? Pakatan was there because of Anwar, not Ku Li. Perhaps it is also God’s will for a good riddance.”

Bryan Wong: “Three to five per cent Malay votes do not translate into seats if the votes were concentrated on one or two constituencies. Number of seats is more crucial than voter numbers.

“So would three to five even 15 per cent more Malay votes have made any difference if it just translates into just one additional seat in parliament? BN will still have majority seats and Najib is still the prime minister.”

BeeHoon: “Ku Li is in Umno, how can you reconcile asking Pakatan’s voters to vote for an Umno member to be the prime minister?

“It is the same twisted logic (Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul) Hadi (Awang) is playing in Pas – being the opposition party but Umno friendly, (deputy president Datuk) Tuan Ibrahim (Tuan Man) doing all the opposition work while Hadi doing all the soliciting.

“What kind of stupid confusing messages are you sending to voters? No wonder Muslims led by Pas are so easily confused.”

Mustafa, who was speaking to a newsportal, said Pas had proposed for Ku Li to share the top government post with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, by giving each half a term as prime minister.

“We needed just three to five per cent more Malay votes for Pakatan. We had enough Chinese votes but how were we to gain more Malay votes?

“All the parties discussed this. If Ku Li had been with us, we could have gotten more Malay support for Pakatan,” said Mustafa, claiming that Ku Li had agreed to join the coalition.



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Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi

Nikita Nawawi is an up-and-coming writer who started his involvement in the media industry serving established local English daily, before joining The Mole in October 2014 as journalist.