KUALA LUMPUR – There has been no “silent agreement” among the Opposition that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is their de facto leader, DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo today.
In dismissing the claim made by Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who just joined DAP earlier this week, Gobind said that such a matter was never discussed in the DAP leadership previously.
“I find it strange that Zaid has chosen to make such an announcement as a DAP member without first consulting the party leadership. He should know better,” Gobind, who is a DAP central executive committee member, said in a statement to Malay Mail Online.
Zaid, a former de facto law minister, made the claim in an interview with Malay Mail Online a day after announcing that he was joining the DAP.
“I wish to state here that there is no such silent agreement as alleged. No such thing has ever been discussed nor agreed upon before the Central Executive Committee of DAP,” he said.
Pakatan Harapan chief secretary Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah also denied there is an agreement for a de facto Opposition leader within the pact.
“He is thinking from the BN framework, where it is necessary to have a leader,” he told Malay Mail Online, referring to Zaid.
“But in the Pakatan Harapan framework, we go by collective leadership. We don’t have a de facto leader,” he added.
Saifuddin stressed that the only thing the Pakatan Harapan pact has decided is on the post of prime minister nominee, who is to be Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“We only have a PM nominee, and that person is still Anwar Ibrahim,” the PKR man said, referring to his party’s unofficial chief.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term after being convicted for sodomy in 2015.
As things stand, he would not be able to contest in the next general elections.
– Malay Mail