Party with most seats should name PM, says PKR veep

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: A PKR vi­cepres­i­dent has ap­par­ently gone against the grain by say­ing par­ties with the most seats should have the lead ad­van­tage in pick­ing the prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date.

Pro­fes­sor Dr Sha­harud­din Badarud­din also said in­stead of squab­bling over their pre­ferred choice, Pakatan mem­bers should fo­cus on win­ning the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“Dis­cus­sions on who should be the prime min­is­ter should only take place after we win. We will see which party wins the most seats be­cause then that party would have the ad­van­tage of choos­ing the prime min­is­ter,” Sha­harud­din said.

DAP holds the most op­po­si­tion seats with 37 out of 89 in the De­wan Rakyat. The of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion leader in Par­lia­ment is PKR pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail, whose party’s share of seats stands at 28.

Other op­po­si­tion par­ties with fewer seats are Pas (14), Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN) (6), Parti Sosialis Malaysia (1), Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) (1) and Parti Warisan Sabah (2).

For­mer PKR leader Tan Sri Ab­dul Khalid Ibrahim is an in­de­pen­dent.

At the PKR congress last week, party lead­ers had unan­i­mously named jailed de facto leader Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as its prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date, with his wife, Wan Az­izah, as the “in­terim prime min­is­ter”.

“The fo­cus should be on win­ning the gen­eral elec­tion, rather than quar­rel­ing on who should we name (as the prime min­is­ter can­di­date),” Sha­harud­din said.

PKR del­e­gates and lead­ers, along with DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang and PAN pres­i­dent Mo­hamad Sabu, held plac­ards bear­ing the words “An­war as the 7th PM” at the party congress.

How­ever, PPBM chair­man Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and party pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin re­frained from do­ing so.

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