Pakatan Harapan still undecided on Mahathir as PM candidate

Pakatan Harapan (PH) still remains mum on its choice of candidate for prime minister, despite reports claiming that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had secured the position in the lead up to Malaysia’s next general elections.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) communications director Fahmi Fadzil confirmed that the party has yet to officially endorse a candidate in a statement on Tuesday (Dec 5), but said that prime ministerial candidate proposals had been discussed and debated over a leadership retreat a few days ago, reported The Star.

“Seeing as the proposal has not been officially adopted by Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council, and taking into account the history and principles of the fight for reform, Keadilan’s political bureau has decided to carry on discussions on the proposal to ensure that it is the best for Malaysia,” said Fahmi.

He also refused to comment on potential candidates being considered.

Yet, according to an unnamed source who attended the leadership retreat, all PH parties (with the exception of PRK) have agreed to name Dr Mahathir Mohamad as interim prime minister should the coalition wins the next general election, reported The Malaysian Insight.

If that were to happen, opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would be named deputy prime minister.

The source added that the coalition has to move fast to reach a consensus, or to find alternatives if its application to register as an official coalition remains unresolved.

“If Registrar of Societies still refuses (to approve), PH will use logo of one of its most acceptable and well-known parties”.

Dr Mahathir was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, and is the longest holder of the position. He is also the chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

The four parties group under the PH alliance are PKR, PPBM, Parti Amanah and the Democratic Action Party (DAP).