Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia announced today that Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be the one setting the coalition’s direction.
Explaining the coalition’s leadership structure, which was unveiled just after midnight, Bersatu strategist Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff said the chairperson will be the one who “leads and gets things done”.
“The chairperson will be the one who chairs all the meetings (and) sets the direction, with the president helping,” he told Malaysiakini.
Explaining this, Rais cited the way things work between Mahathir, who is also Bersatu chairperson, and the party’s president Muhyiddin Yassin.
“The relationship is about the same. Do you see any problems between the chairperson and president of Bersatu?
“They work hand in glove to get things done.”
Rais, therefore, does not foresee issues arising between the chairperson and president of Harapan.
The coalition’s de facto leader (Anwar Ibrahim), on the other hand, will play an advisory role in the coalition, Rais confirmed.
Meanwhile, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said he does not feel the same about Mahathir setting the coalition’s direction.
“The direction will be collectively decided by the Harapan presidential council meeting chaired by Mahathir,” Salahuddin added.