Zaid hits out at PKR for its ‘ar­ro­gance’

THE former de facto law min­is­ter and now DAP mem­ber says PKR shows a lack of fi­nesse in nam­ing Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as its choice for prime min­is­ter. But DAP MP Charles Santiago, la­belling Dr Ma­hathir a ‘new kid on the block’, has an en­tirely dif­fere

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THE de­ba­cle on the op­po­si­tion’s prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate con­tin­ues with DAP mem­ber Datuk Zaid Ibrahim crit­i­cis­ing PKR for its “ar­ro­gance” in nam­ing de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate.

In his call for Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad in­stead to be re­served for the top post, Zaid also lam­basted PKR vice-pres­i­dent Rafizi Ramli for crit­i­cis­ing com­ments made by the former de facto law min­is­ter.

Zaid said the des­ig­na­tion of An­war as fu­ture prime min­is­ter, which was made at PKR’s 12th Na­tional Congress on Sun­day, was not col­lec­tively made through dis­cus­sions with op­po­si­tion par­ties in Sabah and Sarawak.

The former cabi­net min­is­ter, who quit a string of op­po­si­tion par­ties be­fore join­ing DAP in Fe­bru­ary, said PKR had lacked “fi­nesse” and dis­re­spected 92-year-old Dr Ma­hathir and PPBM pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin by pro­mot­ing An­war at the congress.

“We do not even know who the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from Sabah and Sarawak will want as prime min­is­ter.

“Shouldn’t we dis­cuss the mat­ter with them? We must not as­sume that PPBM has no wish to nom­i­nate a PM des­ig­nate or that they have no al­lies.

“PKR is An­war’s party, of course, but do they need to wave the plac­ards? What is baf­fling is the ar­ro­gance in pick­ing the prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate from their group when they have won noth­ing yet.”

Zaid said on the con­trary, Dr Ma­hathir would fit the bill bet­ter since An­war had not re­ceived full sup­port from op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers for the post.

“It will be bet­ter if PPBM nom­i­nates its PM des­ig­nate. Not ev­ery op­po­si­tion sup­porter wants An­war as PM. PPBM can, for ex­am­ple, nom­i­nate Muhyid­din, or Dr Ma­hathir.

“But, for me, and many of my friends, young and old, we will nom­i­nate Dr Ma­hathir. We will push for Dr Ma­hathir as prime min­is­ter sim­ply be­cause he is the best for the job.”

Later, in a se­ries of tweets, Zaid slammed Rafizi for ac­cus­ing him of play­ing “check­ered pol­i­tics”.

“If Rafizi is the fu­ture of Msia (sic), then we re­ally have no fu­ture.

“Here is the man who is scathing against any­one he dis­agrees with.

“Just be­cause I don’t think An­war can win the elec­tion for the op­po­si­tion does not make my ca­reer use­less. Rafizi says I have check­ered po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. How? Must I go to jail to be a hero (?),” he tweeted.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR’s de­ci­sion to ap­point its de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate is not nec­es­sar­ily ac­cepted by Pakatan Hara­pan mem­bers, Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad said.

In an in­ter­view with Free Malaysia To­day, Dr Ma­hathir, who is now Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man, clar­i­fied spec­u­la­tion that he and party pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin did not agree with the op­po­si­tion pact nam­ing An­war as their prime min­is­ter-can­di­date.

Ear­lier in the in­ter­view, Dr Ma­hathir said he was not in­ter­ested in be­ing prime min­is­ter again.

“We were there (at 12th PKR na­tional congress) as guests. We are from a dif­fer­ent party. And when the gim­mick (rais­ing plac­ards in sup­port of An­war as sev­enth prime min­is­ter) was held, it only re­flected PKR’s wish as a party.

“Hence, we can­not be forced to ad­here to PKR’s wish through such meth­ods. We (PPBM) are of the opin­ion that (on the ap­point­ment of prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate), there are four par­ties (DAP, PKR, Parti Amanah Ne­gara and PPBM can hold talks to­gether) and then we can see who they want to pick.”

Dr Ma­hathir said through dis­cus­sions, there could be a num­ber of can­di­dates.

“We need to have op­tions. When we are in a coali­tion, we can­not just turn the wish of a sin­gle party into the com­mon wish of a coali­tion.”

He hinted against the ac­tions of PKR in throw­ing only a sin­gle name into the hat, and said it was more im­por­tant to fo­cus on win­ning the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“If we lose, then no one can be the prime min­is­ter (from the op­po­si­tion). What is more im­por­tant for us is to win the elec­tion.

“Also if we win, it does not mean we can sim­ply put forth any­one for the post, un­less (the in­di­vid­ual) has been unan­i­mously agreed by all.”

He also re­minded his part­ners that laws could pro­hibit An­war’s as­cen­sion as prime min­is­ter.

Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad

Datuk Zaid Ibrahim

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