Permatang Pauh or Pandan should make way for Anwar, says Tok Him

Manirajan Ramasamy

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should only be prime minister for one term and PKR president should take over the job after the 15th General Election. In saying this, Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said in the meantime, Anwar should be made deputy prime minister, a post currently held by the latter's wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. "Anwar should be made the Prime Minister in the 15th General Election and in the meantime, he can learn many things," Ibrahim told reporters. Ibrahim or Tok Him as he is more commonly known as, remarked that in a bid to avoid accusations of nepotism within PKR, Anwar should contest for the Pandan or Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat to pave the way for him to be part of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) cabinet. Wan Azizah is Pandan MP while her daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar is Permatang Pauh MP.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali with Tan Sri Khalid Yunus (2nd-left) address the media after announcing the establishment of new political party named Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (Putera), in Kampung Baru. Pic by ASWADI ALIAS

"Either one of them, should step down to allow Anwar to contest and be the new deputy prime minister, assisting the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad," Ibrahim said. The sequel to the Kajang Move is allegedly in the offing, with a PKR parliamentarian likely to relinquish his or her seat to pave the way for a by-election in a bid to allow Anwar to contest. It is a closely watched political drama being at the moment as it will see Anwar, as per PH’s agreement, take over the helm as prime minister from Dr Mahathir in two years. Rumours were rife that Batu MP or Selayang MP may give up their seat. Sources told the NSTP, however, that Batu MP P. Prabakaran, 22, and Selayang MP William Leong Jee Keen were reluctant to do so. Leong was elusive when asked whether he would vacate his seat for Anwar. “Yes, if I was asked to vacate my seat, I am willing to do so,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday. He added that any PKR MP would do the same if asked. “No one will say no to make way for Anwar.” However, Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah have said they would not give up their seats for Anwar. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd