DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng met with Anwar Ibr ahim at the latter’s office in Petaling Jaya amid the stalemate on who should be named as Pakatan Harapan Plus’ prime minister candidate.

Posting a photograph of the meeting on his Instagram page this evening, the PKR president’s caption included the hashtag, “#kawantetapkawan (friends will be friends).”

“Remaining together to strengthen the ‘muafakat‘ (consensus),” he said.

DAP’s ties with Anwar showed signs of strain when the party backed the proposal for Dr Mahathir Mohamad, 95, to return as prime minister for the third time.

DAP and Amanah argued this is because Mahathir, unlike Anwar, possessed the required support from lawmakers both in East and West Malaysia to wrest back Putrajaya, which Harapan lost to Perikatan Nasional (PN) through a political coup.

However, PKR has been adamant that Anwar should be named as the prime minister candidate.

The impasse witnessed another twist when Mahathir suggested that Warisan president Shafie Apdal become the prime minister while Anwar and the nonagenarian’s son Mukhriz Mahathir serve as deputies.

Earlier, Malaysiakini quoted a PKR source as claiming that his party rejected this proposal as well, insisting that it should be the first option of Anwar as prime minister and Mukhriz as number two.

“We wanted option one (Anwar-Mukhriz) all along. We had rejected option two (Mahathir-Anwar).

“To us, there is no option three (Shafie-Anwar, Mukhriz). We did not and will not discuss the matter,” he added.

Whereas, another source revealed that Harapan would hold a presidential council meeting next week to discuss the Shafie (below) option.

DAP had urged the presidential council to meet ahead of the next Parliament sitting, which is scheduled to commence on July 13.

“We are trying to get a date for the presidential council meeting sometime next week,” a source close to the Harapan secretariat told Malaysiakini.

The upcoming Parliament session could witness fireworks with PAS submitting a motion of confidence for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, which might prove to be a double-edged sword.

This came amid speculation that the opposition would seek to table a no-confidence motion against the leader of the PN government, who has a razor-thin majority of three seats in the Lower House.

On the other hand, Muhyiddin has submitted a motion to replace Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Mohd Yusof and his deputy Nga Kor Ming.

National news agency Bernama had quoted GPS parliamentary chief whip Fadillah Yusof as stating that a candidate for the speaker post has been identified but declined to reveal a name.

Speculation has been rife that Umno lawmaker Azalina Othman Said could be one of the frontrunners for the post. MKINI

PKR announces list of Parliamentary spokespersons to shadow portfolios held by federal ministers for greater check and balance

A statement released by PKR chief organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the list was formulated to raise the effectiveness of PKR parliamentarians. — Picture by Hari Anggara
A statement released by PKR chief organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the list was formulated to raise the effectiveness of PKR parliamentarians. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR— Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today announced a list of Parliamentary spokespersons and their deputies, similar to that of a shadow cabinet, with specific party leaders appointed to shadow portfolios of ministers within the federal government.

A statement released by PKR chief organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the list was formulated to raise the effectiveness of PKR parliamentarians, which in turn would highlight the strength and depth of the party as a multiracial, inclusive and effective entity.

“This line (of Parliamentary Spokespersons) offers youth and women leaders, those with experience at federal and state-level governments, and those formerly employed in the corporate sector, have served on trade unions, including community activists,” he said in the statement.

Other appointments include Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang appointed to shadow the housing, local government, and infrastructure portfolio, and Nurul Izzah Anwar given the women, family, and community development portfolio.

Former deputy health minister Lee Boon Chee shadows the health portfolio, Fauziah Salleh given the environment portfolio, Subang MP Wong Chen given the international trade and industry portfolio, while Nik Nazmi shadows the education portfolio.

Other notable appointments include Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin who was given the rural development portfolio, Akmal Nasir the youth and sports portfolio and deputised by P. Prabakaran, as Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil will shadow the communications, and art and culture portfolio.

William Leong Jee Keen was made spokesperson for Parliament and administrative matters, with R. Sivarasa shadowing the law portfolio.

The list noticeably only consists of PKR party members, despite PH consisting of three parties, namely PKR, Parti Amanah Negara, and DAP.  MALAY MAIL