PETALING JAYA – Pakatan Harapan has formally proposed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its candidate for prime minister and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as his deputy if the coalition triumphs in the next general election.
However, the decision, which was announced at the end of the coalition’s two-day retreat in Putrajaya, ran into opposition from some attendees including a senior PKR leader.
According to multiple sources, Pribumi Youth leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman revealed that an internal poll showed that Selangor Mentri Besar and PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was a leading choice among the wing’s leaders.
The choice of Dr Mahathir and Dr Wan Azizah was apparently agreed upon by the top five leaders, or G5, of Pakatan on the sidelines of the retreat.
The retreat, which was attended by more than 40 leaders from Parti Pribumi, DAP, PKR and Amanah, was to discuss outstanding issues ahead of the general election.