DAP proposes Tun Mahathir to be Prime Minister, top level of Pakatan Harapan meeting has not reached consensus

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(Selangor, Petaling Jaya 4 Dec) Pakatan Harapan has not been formed for a long time. The candidacy of Prime Minister remains as the toughest topic for the coalition. Pakatan Harapan held a two-day top level meeting over the weekend. A proposal was made that once Pakatan Harapan takes over Putrajaya its chairman Tun Mahathir would be the Prime Minister while Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail the Deputy Prime Minister.

It is learned that the proposal was made by DAP and seconded by Parti Amanah Negara. However, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was reserved on the proposal and was of view that it should get the nod from Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Tian Chua: PKR has yet to agree

PKR vice president Tian Chua when asked admitted that such proposal was made during a five-member leadership discussion meeting. However, when the discussion was back in entire group, Pakatan Harapan did not achieve consensus on this topic and PKR has yet to agree.

The five-member sub-group is made up of Mahathir, Wan Azizah, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Parti Amanah Negara chairman Mohamad Sabu.

Proposed Wan Azizah to be the interim Deputy Prime Minister

Another leader who attended the meeting also agreed in silent that one of the agendas during the top level meeting of Pakatan Harapan was to nominate Mahathir and Wan Azizah to be the interim Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister respectively for Pakatan Harapan.

“I believe PKR would call for its political bureau meeting tomorrow to discuss the matter of proposing Mahathir and Wan Azizah to be the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and it may not discuss the matter too.”

Leaders are requested to be careful in giving statements

It is learned that the top level of Pakatan Harapan meeting also requested some leaders to be cautious in their statements in future to avoid unnecessary disputes and ended up losing votes.

“The meeting also discussed about the high-efficiency campaign in the next 100 days including request ‘regulating’ leaders on how to issue statements, including requesting Mahathir to avoid mentioning his son Mukhriz and racial issues, Lim to avoid discussing Islam and reduce attacking PAS.”

Pakatan Harapan predicts the next General Election would be held between March and April, the period after Chinese New Year and before the beginning of fasting month for Muslims.

“The polling day for last General Election was on May 5 in 2013. We believe the polling day is unlikely to exceed May 5 or it may let parliament to dissolve by itself.”

Parliament would automatically dissolve on 24 June 2018 and General Election would be called within 60 days.

As each parliament session is only required to call for five meetings, the king has officially launched the meeting for Dewan Rakyat meeting for five times. Hence the next parliament may be convened after the General Election.

Pakatan Harapan is confident in taking over federal government

Pakatan Harapan, during its meeting, was optimistic of the General Election and confident of retaining all 90 seats and focuses on increasing 22 more parliamentary seats to have sufficient seats to rule as federal government.

Pakatan Harapan also decided in the meeting that it will be holding a Pakatan Harapan Convention at Shah Alam Convention Centre on 7 January. This would be the last convention before General Election.