Guan Eng: Nothing racial about having Dr M, Wan Azizah as Pakatan Harapan symbols

By Opalyn Mok
DAP’s Lim Guan Eng (pic) dismissed insinuations that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail were chosen by PakatanHarapan’s presidential council because they were Malays. ― Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, March 30 ― Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail are merely symbols to represent the Pakatan Harapan, Lim Guan Eng said today.

The DAP secretary-general  dismissed insinuations that the duo were chosen by the Opposition pact’s presidential council because they were Malays.

“We are all equal partners in Pakatan. This is not related to any suggestions that we have to present a Malay-dominant coalition,” he told a news conference here.

Guan Eng also saw no necessity for the Opposition pact to have his father and DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang named as symbol alongside Dr Mahathir from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and PKR’s Dr Wan Azizah.

“If we want to put Kit Siang, then we will have to put other leaders too and then the multiracial question will come in,” Guan Eng who is also Penang chief minister said.

He likened the decision to a previous Pakatan Harapan decision naming de facto PKR leader and Dr Wan Azizah’s husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as its prime minister-designate if the pact beat the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general elections, due by June next year.

“We chose Anwar because he's the most qualified to represent all Malaysians, not because he represent a particular race, but of course, BN wants to use racial stereotypes and we reject this,” Guan Eng said.

The Bagan MP said Pakatan Harapan subscribes to an all Malaysian framework and not a racially divisive one.

It was announced on Monday that Dr Mahathir and Dr Wan Azizah were appointed to represent a new 18-member pro-team committee for Pakatan Harapan.

All four member parties within the coalition ― PKR, DAP, Parti Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia ― will have four representatives each in the committee.

Guan Eng said Pakatan Harapan will have further meetings to decide on who sits in the committee before the full committee list is submitted to the Registrar of Societies.