Hornbill Unleashed

May 13, 2017

In Al Jazeera interview, Wan Azizah says OK with being PM ‘seat warmer’ for Anwar

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic) said that she would willingly make way for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim once he is free and able to return to active politics if the Pakatan Harapan pact wins the 14th general elections. — Picture by Choo Choy MayPKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said she doesn’t mind holding the prime ministership temporarily until her husband and the Opposition party’s real leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is released from jail.

In an interview with Al Jazeera on its Upfront programme, the parliamentary Opposition Leader added that she would willingly make way for Anwar once he is free and able to return to active politics if the Pakatan Harapan pact wins the 14th general elections due next year.

“I don’t mind, yes,” Dr Wan Azizah said when asked if she is accepting to the idea of being a “seat warmer” for Anwar, who is currently serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy.

“Because I think frankly he is a better leader. He is a better administrator. He’s the better guy for the job. Why not?” she said when asked why she would settle to become a “proxy” for Anwar.

The comment was part of a video snippet posted this morning on the programme’s Facebook page that has since garnered over 41,000 views. The full interview is scheduled to be shown on May 12 at 7.30pm GMT (May 13, 3.30am Malaysian time).

PKR strategists in the past have suggested that Dr Wan Azizah become prime minister should Pakatan Harapan win the elections, and later pave way for Anwar if he is released and obtains a pardon, enabling him to return to active politics.

Anwar was incarcerated at the Sungai Buloh Prison on February 10, 2015 after the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s conviction ruling.

He is due for release in early 2020; but he may also be allowed out as early as next year based on remittance of his jail term where one-third of their jail term is shaved off and they are given early release.

Source : @ The Malay Mail Online



  1. “Pakatan Harapan and PAS will lose and Barisan Nasional will win.

    “This is PAS’ true struggle. It’s not for race and religion; it’s aimed at weakening the Malays,” Dr Mahathir said on his blog.

    Comment by Hattan — May 16, 2017 @ 5:01 PM | Reply

  2. GE 14 is extremely important for Malaysia. The 60% malay must decide what kind of Islamic party they want this country to be, ala Amanah or PAS? PKR is unsure of what is the larger direction and as such Azizah is caught wavering between the two. Non muslim can only hope for the best.

    Comment by AL — May 15, 2017 @ 10:03 AM | Reply

  3. So long as Mr Cash Is King is at the helm, the weakening Ringgit situation will remain. No worries when you have RM2.6 billion.

    The fellows wd say the situation can easily be explained that it’s due to market forces, oil prices and the like. Like said of increasing prices by the “Chinatown University” graduate who learn economics while chopping vegetables, cooking and waiting tables in Chinese restaurants in US and UK Chinatowns. Yet, the economists of the world have not agreed on the reasons for the World Great Depression of the 1930s, even now, 80 years later.

    Comment by MB2050 — May 14, 2017 @ 8:51 AM | Reply

  4. When I ponder on May 13, the infamous day in Malaysian history today I realized that in 1969, the Communist Chinese were deemed as the enemy of the state and the enemy of the Malay people by UMNO for causing race based riots. Today in 2017 the Communist Chinese are deemed as the savior of the Malaysian economy and friends

    Comment by Hattan — May 13, 2017 @ 12:31 PM | Reply

    • Najib is now in China to seek Wanda Group to rescue Bandar Malaysia.

      Comment by SBY — May 13, 2017 @ 6:10 PM | Reply

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