Dr Mahathir and Wan Azizah proposed as Malaysia’s leaders if opposition wins next general election

Election cogs have only just started turning in Malaysia and already Pakatan Harapan (PH) has formally proposed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its candidate for prime minister if the party wins at the polls, with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as his deputy.

Dr Mahathir is the country’s longest serving prime minister and held the position from 1981 to 2003.

The decision was announced at the end of the coalition’s two-day retreat in Putrajaya but it ran into some opposition, reported The Star.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua said that such a decision should not be made by a few people and suggested that it be up for further discussion..

The choice of Dr Mahathir and Dr Wan Azizah was reportedly agreed on by the top five leaders, or G5, of PH on the sidelines of the retreat.

G5 comprises Pakatan chairman Dr Mahathir, president Dr Wan Azizah, and deputy presidents Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamed Sabu.

Pribumi vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman who was at the event, said that the majority of those present supported Dr Mahathir for the role.

He said: “The public has to know who will run the country if we win.”

“No matter how much you discuss it, it will come back to the same thing – Mahathir knows the job. As for Wan Azizah, she is holding the mandate for Anwar.”

Citing a source, The Malaysian Insight reported that PH will use the logo of one of its parties if it is unable to be registered as an official coalition in time for the general election and this is likely to be the PKR’s logo.