KUALA LUMPUR – Sangeet Kaur Deo, the daughter of late DAP chairman Karpal Singh, has expressed her doubts over Pakatan Harapan’s selection of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate.
She said the selection of Dr Mahathir, who helmed the country for 22 years, revealed the lack of a long-term strategy as well as a dearth of quality leaders, on the part of the opposition.
Sangeet said the reasoning that working with Dr Mahathir was only to effect ‘change’ no longer holds water.
“He will be PM all over again. Introducing the rebirth of Mahathirism,” she was quoted as saying in an online portal.
Sangeet said the nomination of Dr Mahathir as interim PM until PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim becomes eligible, will only depend on how realistic is the plan.
She also noted that opposition leaders had remained silent after Dr Mahathir’s ‘apology’ at the recent Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) general assembly, and asked if the silence will continue if the opposition win the 14th general election.
“He has openly apologised for the wrongdoings and the Internal Security Act during his premiership.
“This is not about forgiveness. It is about accountability. Persons in positions of power should be held accountable for their actions. Equally he should be too.
“There should be no double standards about who should be investigated since the opposition has vowed to revamp the Attorney General’s chambers once in power. DAP has always been the voice against abuse of power,” she added.
Sangeet also said the nomination might be an act of desperation, referring to pact’s previous relationship with Pas.
“While it may be an act of desperation, as was our coalition with Pas at one point, will we be open to working with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak one day, should desperate circumstances demand?” she said.