PKR YOUTH NAMES AN­WAR FOR PM POST

His record in govt, politics make him qual­i­fied to be prime min­is­ter, says chief

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PKR’S Youth wing yes­ter­day moved a mo­tion to name jailed op­po­si­tion leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as the prime min­is­ter can­di­date for Pakatan Hara­pan.

PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ah­mad, in his open­ing speech at the party’s an­nual congress, cited An­war’s con­tri­bu­tions that qual­i­fied him to be the next prime min­is­ter.

“His suc­cess in build­ing the mass move­ment of ‘big tent politics’ and his way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the peo­ple are in­com­pa­ra­ble.

“His record as fi­nance min­is­ter (in the 90s) showed his ca­pa­bil­ity. His ef­fort in pro­mot­ing mod­er­ate Is­lam as well as unit­ing the dif­fer­ent races has made him a re­spected leader.”

He also called on party mem­bers to ac­cept its new­est ally, Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM), even if they were un­com­fort­able with PPBM chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

“Pre­vi­ously, we told Dr Ma­hathir that a leader can’t have ab­so­lute power. Now, we can show him what it’s like to re­solve a com­pli­cated dis­cus­sion and how we reach a mu­tual decision.

“We don’t just talk about power be­cause the most im­por­tant thing is how to run this coun­try.”

PIX BY FAIZ ANUAR

PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ah­mad speak­ing at the PKR Youth Na­tional Congress in Shah Alam yes­ter­day.

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