WHAT AUGUSTINE ANTHONY SAID IN OCTOBER 2009 MAY BE PROPHETIC WORDS:
“Finally, if there is a contest for the Prime Minister’s position from within any of these political parties from the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, then expect the coalition cooperation to fizzle out even before take off.”
Change that does not short-change the nation
Sunday, 18 October 2009 13:23
He added, “The only way out of this stalemate is to come to a consensus that direct electoral mandate will determine the choice of Prime Minister. By this way post election coalition bargaining for ministerial position can be averted if the Prime Minister is elected directly and given the free hand to decide all the Prime Minister’s men.”
Anwar: Pakatan’s choice for PM is non-issue
The 64-year-old Anwar is widely accepted to be the glue that binds the 3 PR parties of PKR, PAS and DAP.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:51
Malaysians should not fear voting for PR even if I am not PM – Anwar
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim denied there was any power tussle going on within the top leadership in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, saying the people should not hesitate to vote for the opposition regardless of whom was chosen to be the prime minister.
“Not true. (Who becomes prime minister) was never raised as an issue. In 2008, was there any announcement that Anwar would be PM? We work on consensus,” Anwar told a press conference on Tuesday.
“I don’t why the people should feel this way,” he added, when asked if it was true the PR could lose some of its attraction for voters if he was not selected to be the PM.
Whether they realize it or not, the hue and cry raised by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno-BN coalition and the media they control actually underscores the concern they feel about their chances in GE13, which is expected to be called within weeks.
“There is a lot of concern, Umno is concerned but not PR,” Anwar said.
PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today denied that the party’s syura council is not in favour of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim becoming prime minister if the opposition pact were to win the upcoming 13th general election (GE).
Nik Aziz, who is also the chairperson of the top decision making body in PAS and Kelantan menteri besar, said claims as such were made in trying to cause a rift among the pact’s partners.
“This is nonsense. I am the chairperson of the syura council. Nothing was discussed to this effect,” he told reporters in Kota Baru today.
He was commenting on a news report in Mingguan Malaysia today which had quoted sources as saying the council had rejected the choice of Anwar as prime minister if the opposition were to win the GE.
Can Pakatan weather the Hadi storm?
All issues raised by BN leaders pertaining to the ‘breaking-up’ of Pakatan is pure nonsense and must be treated as such.
The suggestion by a PAS delegate that Abdul Hadi Awang be the seventh prime minister of Malaysia should Pakatan Rakyat succeed in winning the 13th general election is actually not a big deal.
At the end of the day, even if one million PAS members want Hadi to be the prime minister, the decision is at the hands of the CWC which has 35 decision-makers.
Unlike Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim who has already been endorsed by both the Syura Council and the CWC, Hadi has yet to obtain the endorsement of both the Syura Council and the CWC.
…..What happened at the PAS muktamar is just a storm in a teacup and only a suggestion from an over-enthusiastic delegate – it will fail to carry weight.
Selena Tay is a FMT columnist.
It is unclear whether the consensus (naming Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim as the candidate) had been communicated to all the members of the three parties or was only known to the top leaders.
Free Malaysia Today
Pakatan in a fix over choice of PM
The opposition may find itself in disarray if it continues to squabble over its candidate for prime minister.
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat is caught in a difficult situation when one of its partners – PAS – dropped a bombshell on the last day of its muktamar (national assembly) on Sunday.
Its Youth wing and Ulamak Council endorsed a proposal that party president Abdul Hadi Awang be made the prime minister if Pakatan were to win in the 13th general election.
This has created uneasiness in the opposition alliance despite PAS secretary-general Mustapa Ali saying it was just a suggestion and was not even adopted as a resolution in the assembly.
…..Pakatan is now in a predicament: if its leaders were to make any statement regarding the choice of candidate for Putrajaya which is seen as hostile to PAS, it would affect co-operation in the coming general election.
Hairun’s suggestion and the resounding support from party delegates contradict the stand taken by the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leadership, which has repeatedly endorsed its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the post of prime minister.
PAS delegates lobby for Hadi Awang as PM, not Anwar
KOTA BARU, Nov 17 — The PAS annual conference or muktamar was shaken today when a delegate from the party’s religious wing proposed party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang for the post of prime minister and earned enthusiastic support from the floor.
Hairun Nizam, from the PAS Ulama wing, told the crowd of over 1,000 delegates here that PAS members should not lobby for other leaders to hold the post, claiming that Abdul Hadi was the “best person” to lead the nation.
“I’d like to ask the delegates — who is the best person to lead the Malaysian government if not for Tuan Guru president?” he said to boisterous shouts of “Takbir” from the floor as delegates shouted their approval.
“This is not for the sake of revering him, but he is the most qualified person to become the next prime minister… and we, as proteges of an Islamic party, should not campaign for others to take on the post,” he said in his speech during the debate on the party president’s address.
Hairun added that to form an Islamic state, the leader of the highest office in the country must be a person with a thorough knowledge of religious laws and practices.
“When a country becomes Allah’s congregation, is submissive to Allah, then it is only right that its top leader is one who knows the most about His commandments.
“This is to ensure that this Islamic government can progress without being influenced by matters that invite power abuse or that violate Islamic principles,” he said.
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Anwar will be PM if Pakatan wins polls, says DAP
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — The DAP maintained today that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the prime minister if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) wins the next general election.
Following a push by PAS delegates at the PR party’s assembly last week for Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to be the next PM, the DAP reminded the public today that Anwar is the opposition pact’s choice to be the next leader of the country.
“This is the consensus of three parties, that is Anwar. If it is Pakatan Rakyat that wins, it is Anwar who will be prime minister,” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Engtold reporters at the Parliament lobby when asked to comment.
Asked about the proposal for the party with the most seats to get the prime minister’s post, Lim said that consensus among the PR parties was more important.
“But we think (the one) that can represent the whole of PR, the whole of Malaysia is Anwar…” Lim said, pointing out that his party currently has the most seats, followed by PKR and PAS.
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PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has no problems with the idea of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang becoming the prime minister of Malaysia.
“No problems. Not an issue. We can discuss the matter,” said Anwar in a curt reply when met after a function at Universiti Selangor, Shah Alam.
Anwar was asked to comment on a PAS ulama wing representative Hairun Nizam Mat Hussain’s proposal for Abdul Hadi to become Pakatan’s prime ministerial candidate.