Discussions on election strategy such as naming potential candidates as interim prime minister and deputy prime minister should be made in private meetings, said a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) senior leader.
After DAP’s Lim Kit Siang named PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as a candidate to be interim deputy prime minister, Datuk Kamaruddin Md Nor said his party does not agree with discussing such matters so candidly.
“If it’s a matter of strategy to win the election then it should be tabled at a proper meeting, not discussing it openly with the public.
“Thus we would not condone making it a public discussion,” the PPBM information chief told Malay Mail Online after queried about Lim’s suggestion.
Kamaruddin also said that the focus of the party and its allies in Pakatan Harapan should first be on winning the next general election due before August 2018.
“We have to win the election first. Forming the government comes in second,” he said.
“Any suggestion on the pre-election Cabinet line-up is premature (and) akin to putting the cart before the horse.”
Another PPBM supreme leadership council member, Abu Bakar Yahya, also refused to entertain the suggestion and echoed Kamaruddin’s views on the party’s focus.
“Our focus right now is to gain as many members as possible, so we can defeat Barisan Nasional in the next polls,” said the former Selangor Perkasa chief.
On Friday night, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang proposed that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin be made interim prime minister and deputy prime minister, respectively, if the Opposition wins the next general election.
At an event in Penang, the Gelang Patah MP stressed that Pakatan Harapan’s endorsement of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister-designate remained unchanged, even though the Federal Court dismissed the PKR de facto leader’s bid to review his sodomy conviction and jail sentence.
Lim said that both the PKR president and PPBM president would make suitable candidates for the interim posts, in light of the new electoral pact between Pakatan Harapan and PPBM.
Source : ZURAIRI AR @ The Malay Mail Online