Pakatan Harapan must decide on a candidate for the prime minister’s post in order to avoid a post-election power struggle, said Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) communications director Khalid Samad.
Furthermore, the Shah Alam MP pointed out that it was a matter of public interest.
“This is more for the sake of ensuring that the coalition holds after the election,” he told Malaysiakini.
He was responding to PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli who said Harapan should stop talking about the prime minister candidate, and focus on bread and butter issues instead.
Khalid however felt that both issues were important, including formulating public policies which the Harapan endorsed prime minister must abide to if the opposition bloc captures federal power.
Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said not deciding on a candidate would be repeating the mistake of (Harapan’s predecessor) Pakatan Rakyat, which even on the eve of the 13th general election did not have a name shortlisted for the top post.
He however stressed on the importance of dealing with this in the proper manner to avoid creating the impression that Harapan and its ally Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) are indecisive.
“This time, we must be brave enough to give a name of who should be our prime minister.
“What Rafizi said is true, don’t waste our time, we must be firm, we must make a decision and what is more important is that we must build the confidence of the people on Harapan and Bersatu,” he added.
Besides deciding on who would be prime minister, Salahuddin said it is also important to come up with a common logo and manifesto to boost public confidence.
Meanwhile, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar stressed on the importance of a shadow cabinet.
“It is crucial to understand that shadow cabinets in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world are given so much recognition, credibility and limelight in comparison to what happens in Malaysia,” she told reporters when met at the Sungai Buloh MRT station.
However, she said there was merit to Rafizi’s remarks.
“This is one of the reasons why we used the MRT, to experience the lives of ordinary people, to share our concerns that six months onwards with the dwindling ringgit, how will things fare under BN.
“These are the things we really want to focus on,” she added.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and organising secretary Anthony Loke declined to respond to Rafizi when contacted.
This article is written by Zikri Kamarulzaman, Geraldine Tong and Yeong Hui Min