PETALING JAYA: Parti Amanah had denied that the party was preparing for deposed Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin to take over as the leader of the opposition.
The party’s communications director, Khalid Samad, said remarks by Amanah central committee member Mazlan Aliman had been taken out of context in a recent news report.
Mazlan had purportedly said that Amanah had prepared a “seat” for Muhyiddin to take over as opposition leader.
However, Khalid said that “what Mazlan meant was that Amanah and Amanah Johor will prepare a platform and a stage for Muhyiddin to speak out, because Muhyiddin is a leader without a party.”
Muhyiddin was expelled from Umno last month, together with Kedah Umno’s Mukhriz Mahathir, for criticisms of party leader Najib Razak and for taking part with opposition politicians in the Citizens Declaration initiative to force Najib out of office.
Khalid told FMT that “Mazlan’s statement had nothing to do about appointing Muhyiddin as the opposition leader”.
Khalid said a news portal was “spinning the story” when it reported Mazlan’s statement. Amanah Johor would hold a press conference this evening to clarify.
He said a decision about Muhyiddin as leader of the opposition coalition was not for Amanah Johor to make.
Mazlan was purported to have said that discussions were being held within Amanah about appointing Muhyiddin as the leader of Pakatan Harapan.
The opposition alliance, which groups the DAP, PKR and Amanah, has been without a formal leader since Anwar Ibrahim was jailed on a sodomy charge.
Mazlan was reported to have said that “We have agreed to pick Muhyiddin as the new opposition leader because Anwar Ibrahim is serving his sentence in prison. Muhyiddin has experience and this will strengthen us. However, Anwar will still be our first choice to be Prime Minister.”