“I was made to understand that the leadership structure line up is still being deliberated on at the secretariat level”
“It’s just a proposal,” insists Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali.
The PKR deputy president was referring to support shown by leaders from PKR for Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the post of Prime Minister.
The conspicuous show of support was demonstrated at a PKR event held last month where leaders from the DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) joined their counterparts in PKR holding up placards that read Anwar PM ke-7 (Anwar the 7th PM).
Both Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin – chairman and president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) respectively – were the only ones seen abstaining from holding up the placards.
Met after the “Rapat Ramadhan Penjawat Awam Bersama YAB Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor” event at the Dewan Jubli Perak auditorium, Azmin said the leadership structure of the opposition pact is still being discussed by all parties at the moment.
“(To have Anwar as Pakatan Harapan adviser is part of) the discussions. No decision has been made yet.
“I was made to understand that the leadership structure line up is still being deliberated on at the secretariat level. In the next meeting, the best structure for Pakatan Harapan will be made.
“What is more important now is how Pakatan Harapan can attract the attention of the people and generate a new wave of support in the next general election,” Azmin was quoted as saying by an online daily.
On Friday, it was reported that PPBM had proposed Anwar to be Pakatan Harapan’s advisor while Mahathir and Muhyiddin were nominated as chairman and president respectively.
The proposal came days after Mahathir drew the ire of Anwar when he (Mahathir) stated his willingness to be Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the post of Prime Minister.
The offer prompted Anwar to issue a public reprimand reminding Mahathir that the question of who should be PM was not for the former premier to address alone but one Pakatan Harapan needed to address as a collective.
Ironically, the jailed opposition leader had no qualms when his own wife made a similar offer just last month.
On the 12th of May 2017, Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail made public her ‘willingness’ to warm the Prime Minister’s seat for her husband, saying it was all “part of the plan.”