Pakatan decision also deemed as ignoring the King and Constitution
KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 9, 2018: Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali has described the Pakatan Harapan move to to nominate its jailed de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister candidate as a shameful act.
Additionally, the former Member of Parliament for Pasir Mas said it was as though the opposition had ignored the law and federal Constitution and sovereignty of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.
Ibrahim considers it an insult that the opposition would nominate a convict as prime minister, asking “What was their objective?
“In Malaysia it is unusual that a convict who has not been released from prison is named as prime minister. Malaysia Boleh,” he remarked at a press conference today.
On Sunday, parties that make up Pakatan Harapan — DAP, PKR, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Parti Amanah Negara — via the Muafakat Pakatan Harapan stated their determination to seek a royal pardon for Anwar if they win the next general elections which must be held by August.
This is to enable Anwar to play a role in the Federal government and later be made the eighth prime minister.
Article 48 of the federal Constitution states that a person will lose his right to contest in the general elections if he is convicted and jailed for not less than one year or fined not less than than RM2,000 and does not get a pardon.
Commenting further, Ibrahim said he found it strange to see the candidates named by Pakatan, as though they have no other choice.
Eventually, three family members will be in the government — Anwar, his wife and his daughter, said Ibrahim. “So Malaysia belongs to Anwar Ibrahim, as though there are no other leaders who are capable and have integrity.”
He also questioned the announcement that former prime minister and now Pakatan strongman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will be the grouping’s interim prime minister for about six to 12 months, after which he would make way for Anwar. — Bernama