THERE is “no issue whatsoever” on the succession plan that will see the Anwar Ibrahim take over as the next prime minister, the PKR president said today.
“I would like to set the record straight and reiterate that there is no issue whatsoever between Tun (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) and I on the transition.
“We have agreed on the process and succession plan and this matter is also resolved within Pakatan Harapan,” Anwar said in a statement.
He said there was “abundant speculation” about the plan which he blamed “in part” on inaccurate media reports and posts on social media.
Anwar, who is Port Dickson MP, said he had consistently held that Dr Mahathir “be given the space and support to lead the government”.
“The Pakatan Harapan leadership must stay focused on the pressing issues of removing economic hardships of the people, institutional reform and bringing to justice those who robbed from the public purse.
“I support Prime Minister Dr Mahathirʼs assertion that the Pakatan Harapan government is strong.
“We are working diligently to fulfil our promises to the Malaysian people as a government which represents all people and rejects all forms of race baiting and incitement to hatred and violence.”
Talk that the transition plan would be derailed has not ceased since PH won the 14th general election last May, despite the plan being one of the terms agreed to by all parties in the coalition as part of their collaboration for the polls.
Making Anwar the prime minister was a campaign theme in the recent PKR election by one party faction, while defections by Umno MPs in the last few months prompted speculation that these moves were tied to shoring up support for Anwar to be prime minister.
Foreign media have also repeatedly questioned both leaders about the succession plan, given their once hostile past after Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar from government in 1998.
A few days ago in an interview with the Financial Times, Anwar admitted that there were saboteurs within PH who wanted to stop him from taking over as prime minister.
In his statement today, he said the PH leadership must “recognise (that) there are forces which would like to see us fail”.
“I urge the leadership to be on guard against these forces that would prefer to see a resurgence of rentier culture and their attempts at hoarding nationʼs wealth at the expense of social justice and the welfare of the people,” Anwar said.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT