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can­di­date with party pres­i­dent and wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail as the “in­terim prime min­is­ter”.

At the congress, del­e­gates and other Pakatan lead­ers, in­clud­ing DAP ad­viser Lim Kit Siang and Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN) pres­i­dent Mo­hamad Sabu, held plac­ards bear­ing the words “An­war as the 7th PM”.

How­ever, for­mer pre­mier Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad and Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin re­frained from do­ing so, spark­ing spec­u­la­tion that the duo dis­agreed with their al­lies on the sub­ject.

On this, Az­man said while PPBM was con­sid­ered the “new­bie” in Pakatan and should re­spect PKR and DAP’s wish to name An­war as the prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date, the pact must also be open to sug­ges­tions.

“Pakatan should be more open to pro­pos­als, some­one who is ac­cepted by Malaysians.

“Names like Muhyid­din or PKR deputy pres­i­dent Azmin Ali can also be con­sid­ered as the prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date. DAP and PKR must be open to a dy­namic po­lit­i­cal dis­course.”

Pas vice-pres­i­dent Idris Ah­mad re­garded the in­fight­ing as Pakatan lead­ers fail­ing to “give and take”, adding that they should take a look at them­selves be­fore voic­ing their pref­er­ence for the top post.

“Ev­ery­one wants to be the ‘big boss’. Some­times, they fail to look at them­selves in the mir­ror. They should think about top­pling the Barisan Na­sional gov­ern­ment first, and then de­cide who is the most suitable for the job.”

Echo­ing Idris’s sen­ti­ment was PAN com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Khalid Sa­mad who be­lieved that the mat­ter of choos­ing the prime min­is­ter can­di­date should be put on hold as Pakatan must first come up with its man­i­festo in win­ning the peo­ple’s trust.

He said dis­cussing the top post would only al­low BN and Pas to high­light Pakatan’s in­fight­ing.

“We must stick to the pri­or­ity, which is the man­i­festo. We have to let the peo­ple know what we want to achieve if we take over.

“We will dis­cuss the prime min­is­ter is­sue when it is rel­e­vant to do so, which is after we win.”

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