DAP has reiterated that jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim remains its top choice for prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the next general election.
“As far as DAP is concerned, Anwar is our choice for prime minister,” DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke told the media in Putrajaya today.
“He will be released only after June (2018). So, if Harapan takes power, our priority is to for him to be pardoned, then he should be able to contest (in a by-election). He should be a parliamentarian in order to be the prime minister,” he said.
Loke acknowledged that an interim prime minister will be needed until the de facto PKR leader is eligible to contest in the election.
“We need an interim prime minister to lead us, this we have discussed in DAP and Pakatan Harapan, we already have the candidates,” he said.
However, Loke declined to reveal if DAP and Harapan supported former prime minister and current Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the candidate for interim prime minister.
“This is something we have discussed in the meeting room, not with the media,” he said.
He also declined to comment on whether DAP had lobbied for one of its leaders to become a candidate for deputy prime minister.
During its two-day retreat last week, Harapan discussed and decided to appoint Mahathir and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the interim prime minister and deputy prime minister.
However, PKR claimed that this was not an official decision and that the party would continue to discuss the matter.
Loke also said that he pitied Umno for having to use an exhibition of cartoons featuring DAP leaders at the party’s general assembly.
“It is very obvious that Umno is very scared and has to resort to such tactics, which I have never seen before.
“They are using the pictures of DAP leaders to scare the delegates and members. This shows that Umno has almost come to an end.
“When a party comes to an end, it cannot showcase its own successes. It has to use pictures of its rival party. I pity them,” Loke said.
On Dec 5, Prime Minister and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak launched the cartoon exhibition at the PWTC, where various works that poked fun at the opposition parties were displayed.
The exhibits included one picture that suggested the opposition was led by DAP, with a large photograph of DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang looming over the other Pakatan Harapan leaders.