PH com­po­nent par­ties have agreed to An­war suc­ceed­ing Dr M, says Nu­rul Iz­zah

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ALL par­ties must re­spect the process of power tran­si­tion from Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad to Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim as the next prime min­is­ter.

Per­matang Pauh mem­ber of par­lia­ment Nu­rul Iz­zah An­war said com­po­nent par­ties in Pakatan Hara­pan had made a res­o­lu­tion and came to an agree­ment for An­war to re­place Dr Ma­hathir as the fu­ture prime min­is­ter.

“There is an agree­ment that binds all par­ties in PH. It binds them in re­gard to the tran­si­tion process from Prime Min­is­ter (Dr Ma­hathir) to An­war Ibrahim.

“This state­ment (on tran­si­tion of power) was not only is­sued by Parti Amanah Ne­gara pres­i­dent Mo­hamad Sabu, but also by DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral Lim Guan Eng.”

Nu­rul Iz­zah said this at the Malaysian Re­li­gious Speakers So­ci­ety’s (Wadah) 12th gen­eral assem­bly here yes­ter­day.

She was re­ply­ing to a par­tic­i­pant’s ques­tion on An­war’s decision to con­test in the Port Dick­son by-elec­tion.

Nu­rul Iz­zah added that any decision or ac­tion taken by a PH leader should re­vert to the pre­vi­ously agreed agree­ment.

“I of­ten say that there is no right time and noth­ing is per­fect in what we do. Take into ac­count the 20-year pe­riod, which saw An­war be­ing re­peat­edly im­pris­oned and be­ing de­nied to con­test in an elec­tion.

“I re­mem­ber the vic­tory by Datuk Seri Wan Az­izah Wan Is­mail at the Ka­jang by-elec­tion in 2014, but I also know that An­war could not hold the post,” she said.

Wadah coun­cil head Datuk Dr Saddiq Fadzil, back­ing Nu­rul Iz­zah, said all doors should be opened for An­war’s on­go­ing jour­ney to be next prime min­is­ter.

He said such an ap­proach would prove the con­sen­sus and com­mit­ment in Pakatan Hara­pan to­wards achiev­ing the goal.

“He was meant to be the prime min­is­ter a long time ago. But there was a set­back.

“But the cur­rent prime min­is­ter seems to be very un­der­stand­ing of the peo­ple’s de­sire to see An­war in of­fice.

“An­war should given lee­way in his jour­ney to be the next prime min­is­ter,” he said af­ter a sem­i­nar on Malaysia’s new po­lit­i­cal land­scape at Wadah’s 12th an­nual assem­bly yes­ter­day.

Saddiq also said Malaysia’s po­lit­i­cal doc­trine needed to ad­here to the Per­matang Pauh Dec­la­ra­tion writ­ten by An­war in Sept 12, 1998.

Among oth­ers, the dec­la­ra­tion fo­cuses on clean and trans­par­ent gov­er­nance, and eco­nomic sovereignty.

Nu­rul Iz­zah An­war

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