Hornbill Unleashed

June 7, 2017

Guan Eng: Time running out for Pakatan to finalise GE14 plan

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

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said parties within Pakatan Harapan did not have much time left to prepare to face the next general election together. — File picture by KE OoiTime is running out for Pakatan Harapan to finalise its plans on how to face the general election if it is called later this year as anticipated, Lim Guan Eng said today.

The DAP secretary-general admitted that time is running out for the allies in Pakatan Harapan to discuss their plans on how to face the general elections.

“We have to continue to have meetings, we are having meetings regularly, we hope to finalise it by then, time is running short, that I agree,” he said in a press conference at his office today.

The Penang lawmaker said Pakatan, that had recently included Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) into the pact, will have to be ready if elections were to be called in October.

He said it will take time for the allies within the pact to gel together especially with PPBM being the “new kid on the block”.

“They (PPBM) will need time to adjust accordingly and not only them, even between PKR, Amanah and DAP, and the adjustment is proceeding well,” he said.

Lim expressed concern that they may not have enough time to get ready if Parliament is dissolved in October.

“This type of coalition, it takes time to gel together, I’ll be frank, the very first ceramah we had together was very awkward and that is natural, there needs to be some adjustment process, we cannot expect things to be done immediately,” he said.

When asked about talks of a rift within Pakatan Harapan, Lim denied that there were “spats” within the pact.

“From what I know, there is no spat, there are opinions offered, I think we are all very strong individuals, we offer our opinions forcefully, that doesn’t meant there’s a spat, there’s no spat,” he stressed.

He said even if there is one, DAP is not involved in any spat within Pakatan.

“Even if there is any, I am confident that it will be sorted out because everyone wants to move forward and this is part of the test that Pakatan has to embrace to show a strong alternative to Barisan Nasional,” he said.

As for PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s recent remarks that he may consider becoming prime minister if Pakatan wins the elections, Lim repeated what PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had said, that any decision will be based on consensus within Pakatan.

“In DAP, our stand is very clear, we support Anwar as the PM designate but in the interim, there are several others and this is open to discussion and based on consensus,” he said.

Lim stressed that the issue of who would be prime minister will not be discussed in Pakatan’s upcoming presidential council meeting this Friday.

The Penang chief minister, who was coy about revealing the agenda of the meeting, said the issue of who will be prime minister is definitely “not on the table” but could be in the agenda for subsequent meetings.

“It’s a normal meeting, some key leaders are overseas and may not come for this Friday’s meeting, the question of prime minister-elect won’t be decided in this meeting,”

“This meeting is supposed to be a private meeting, we don’t want to have a meeting and have the press bearing down on us and after that, write all sorts of things. Let us call for a press conference when there’s something definite,” he said.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by OPALYN MOK


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