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PKR has alternative PM candidate

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – December 15, 2016: A day after the Federal Court rejected the final appeal by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against his sodomy conviction, it appears that PKR has an alternative candidate for prime minister in the event the opposition wins the next general election.

While insisting that Anwar remains the party’s number one choice for the post, PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamarudin told The Mole that he is however not the only one in the party who is capable of becoming prime minister.

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“If we cannot get him out (of prison), God willing, we already have another candidate whom we think is most suited for the job.” – Zuraida

Zuraida, however, declined to reveal who that person is.

The Pakatan Harapan coalition consisting of PKR, DAP and Amanah had, up until now, consistently endorsed Anwar as their sole candidate for PM even if he is now serving a five-year jail term for sodomising a former aide.

“We will get him (Anwar) out of prison once we topple the BN (Barisan Nasional)-led government in the next general election but it will be done through the proper legal channel,” said Zuraida.

“This isn’t like a cartoon show where you can get someone out of prison according to your whims and fancy,” she said. “And if we cannot get him out (of prison), God willing, we already have another candidate whom we think is most suited for the job.”

Amanah information chief Khalid Samad nonetheless continued to endorse Anwar for the country’s No. 1 political position.

“He will be appointed the moment he is freed through due process. He is a political prisoner and will be acknowledged as such,” Khalid said.

On concerns if it will be tough for Pakatan to contest the next general election without Anwar, Khalid insisted that the coalition will be able to get its act together without him.

“Pakatan has always had it (elections) tough. So it’s nothing new to us. Anwar’s presence would be a great assistance but we can get through this,” Khalid said.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.