MP: ‘New kid on the block’ Dr M must toe the line

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KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad has been told to learn the ways of Pakatan Hara­pan as the former prime min­is­ter is a “new kid on the block”.

DAP Klang mem­ber of par­lia­ment Charles Santiago said the Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man should agree to the coali­tion’s de­ci­sion to ap­point jailed PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate.

The furore on who should be ap­pointed to the top of­fice be­gan at PKR’s 12th Na­tional Congress in Shah Alam on Sun­day when Pakatan Hara­pan lead­ers held up plac­ards say­ing “An­war as the 7th PM”, save for Dr Ma­hathir and PPBM pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin. Their ac­tions raised spec­u­la­tion that the duo did not agree with the op­po­si­tion pact nam­ing An­war as their prime min­is­ter can­di­date, al­though Dr Ma­hathir had ear­lier stated Pakatan Hara­pan would col­lec­tively de­cide on the is­sue.

Santiago re­minded Dr Ma­hathir that op­po­si­tion par­ties had been cham­pi­oning An­war’s is­sues for many years.

“To­day, he (Dr Ma­hathir) is work­ing with Pakatan Hara­pan to bring down the Barisan Na­sional gov­ern­ment. But, that doesn’t give him the cri­te­ria to be the prime min­is­ter or name a prime min­is­ter.

“You’re the new kid on the block, so you must be re­spect­ful of Pakatan Hara­pan’s de­ci­sion, in which we have voiced, for the past few years, that An­war is our prime min­is­ter can­di­date.”

He also re­sponded to DAP mav­er­ick Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who, in a blog post, said the des­ig­na­tion of An­war as fu­ture prime min­is­ter was not made col­lec­tively.

“Un­til now, Pakatan Hara­pan be­lieves that An­war’s jail sen­tence is po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and even Amnesty In­ter­na­tional de­scribed An­war as a pris­oner of con­science. Maybe Zaid wants Dr Ma­hathir to be the prime min­is­ter but that doesn’t make sense be­cause Dr Ma­hathir is 92 years old (this year) and he was the prime min­is­ter for 22 years.”

Charles Santiago

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