Discussions about a shadow Cabinet and possible prime minister-elect are doing no favours for the federal opposition parties as they mount a challenge ahead of looming general elections, PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli said today.
Rafizi said that talks about a shadow Cabinet is an “Achilles heel” for the opposition as it gives ammunition to their rivals to erode its popularity with voters.
“Every time there is such a discussion, the Umno propaganda machines goes into full swing, and we lose popularity on the ground,” he told reporters during a press conference here today.
Instead, such discussions should be kept private and the opposition bloc should return to focus on bread and butter issues alone, he stressed.
DAP’s Lim Kit Siang recently suggested that PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail be elected interim prime minister and her Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia counterpart Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the deputy.
The call came after Rafizi himself suggested that jailed PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim can still become prime minister following the general elections, by placing an interim prime minister if the Opposition were to win the polls.
“The more we talk about who is going to become PM and DPM, (the more) we are losing touch with the people from whom we need the votes,” he said.
“I don’t have an opinion about who should be PM, I just think (the discussion) should be stopped,” he added.
Former de facto law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim recently claimed that there are lobbying efforts for former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to become PM should the opposition bloc win the general election.
He also said that having a shadow Cabinet could open up to the possibility of political opponents turning the matter into a racial issue.
Source : RAM ANAND @ The Malay Mail Online