KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor PKR has rejected Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) nomination of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister candidate.
Yesterday, Selangor PKR communications head Hizwan Ahmad said that with his party’s track record in governing Selangor, whose menteri besar is PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, it was strange that the coalition did not select its PM-elect from PKR.
“The Selangor government is proof that PKR can bring about change in the administration, championing peace and prosperity,” Malay Mail reported.
“We find it odd that despite our long fight together and our proven extraordinary records, the party was unable to select our own leader as the prime minister candidate,” he said, just a day after PH announced the nomination on Sunday.
A few young activists recently mooted Azmin, who is also Selangor PH chairman, at a forum last Friday as their choice for prime minister ahead of the 14th General Election.
Hizwan said Malaysian youths wanted a new and fresh-faced leader to steer the country into the right direction.
He said as Malaysia enters a new era, a far-sighted and effective mind is needed to help the country progress.
“Millennials certainly want to see a fresh character, rich in farsightedness and effective to bring the country out of the catastrophic damages induced by the Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership,” he said.
“Total reform must be enforced in all respects — in the country’s systems, policies, administrators and its administration.”
Although Selangor PKR disagreed with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Dr Mahathir as PH’s prime minister-elect, he said it still respected the decision of PH’s highest leadership and vowed to continue their fight against Barisan Nasional in the upcoming election which has to be held by August this year.
Meanwhile, Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman said Selangor PKR’s rejection of Mahathir as PM-elect showed that the opposition’s house was not in order.
He said PH’s move to select the 92-year-old former prime minister was in conflict with the “reformasi” (reformation) slogan chanted by some PKR supporters at Sunday’s PH convention, where the decision was announced, Free Malaysia Today reported.
“It is apparent that some PKR supporters still hold dear to the ‘reformasi’ cry – the very movement that Tun Mahathir quashed after he put its leader, Anwar Ibrahim, in jail almost 20 years ago.”
Musa said the move to nominate Mahathir as prime minister and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as deputy prime minister in the event of PH winning GE14 showed a lack of foresight on the coalition’s part.
“What happened to all the grandiose talk about change? ‘Out with the old, in with the new?’
“It seems that Pakatan is using the same (old) map to chart its course to Putrajaya,” he said in a statement yesterday.