PETALING JAYA: “Why is DAP not holding one of the top posts when it has the highest number of lawmakers in Pakatan?,” Barisan Nasional lawmaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak questioned.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister in a blog post today asked whether DAP was being sidelined or whether this was an intentional move so that the Opposition pact was seen to be dominated by the Malays.
The Umno treasurer-general said there were other question marks about the leadership line-up announced by Pribumi chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad early this morning.
Salleh wrote that among the top three positions in the coalition – that of adviser, chairman and president – it was not stated who has the executive powers or final say in the decision-making process.
“As soon as they announced their leadership line-up, the Opposition offered political promises that they plan to fulfil within the first 100 days of coming to power.
“Instead of making continuous promises, it would be better for the Opposition to first name its choice of prime minister,” he pointed out.
“It is very odd that when asked by reporters, its chairman answers: We declare the eighth prime minister first. The seventh one we will decide later,” Salleh continued in his blog posting.
Salleh said that regardless of the strategies employed by the Opposition coalition, its arrival could not be compared to BN as the latter had a proven method of cooperation between the various races and tolerance among its leaders.
Pakatan announced its leadership structure after the presidential council meeting last night. It plans to finalise other details in its constitution before submitting its registration to the Registrar of Societies in a week’s time.