Amid criticism of a fractured Opposition, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah teased voters today, promising a glimpse of Pakatan Harapan’s choice of candidates for the next general elections after the pact’s convention on November 19.
According to the Pakatan Harapan chief secretary, this is part of the federal pact’s attempt to ensure a one-on-one fight between the country’s Opposition and ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.
“Perhaps there will be some agreement by that time between some of the political parties, the ones outside Pakatan Harapan, with Pakatan Harapan,” Saifuddin said at a launch of a book on Umno here.
“That’d give you some kind of signal, indirectly though, as to what would the leadership looks like, the kind of lineup we’ll be offering to the public in the coming general elections.”
Saifuddin also admitted that there will a couple of names that will be highlighted as possible prime minister candidate for the Opposition instead of the imprisoned Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
De facto PKR leader Anwar, 69, was convicted of sodomy and sentenced to five years imprisonment by the Federal Court in February last year, which means he will be released only in 2020, after the 14th general election which must be held by 2018.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was reported by The Star last month to have mooted Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, removed as deputy prime minister last year, as the Opposition’s likeliest prime minister candidate if he is confirmed as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president.
The suggestion was not warmly welcomed by Pakatan Harapan leaders initially, as the debate continues whether the opposition pact will agree to an interim prime minister before Anwar is released.
Source : ZURAIRI AR@The Malay Mail Online