PETALING JAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has shot down a reported PPBM proposal that the party be allotted the top two posts in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) leadership line-up.
“I would not agree to have both Pakatan Harapan’s chairman and president posts be filled by PPBM leaders,” Lim told a media conference here today.
The Penang chief minister was commenting on a report by MalayMail Online last week which cited an unnamed PH leader.
The leader was quoted as saying that PPBM’s proposal for the PH presidential council line-up names its chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and president Muhyiddin Yassin as the coalition’s chairman and president, with PKR’s Anwar Ibrahim as adviser.
The barely one-year-old party also allegedly proposed to have PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as PH’s deputy chairman, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali as its deputy president, as well as Lim and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu as the coalition’s vice-presidents.
PPBM had only officially joined PH in March this year.
PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir had last week already rejected the reported organisational chart listing Mahathir and Muhyiddin at the top as fake.
“We have a list of the leadership line-up which is different from the one being circulated,” he had said after attending a PH presidential council meeting.
The agreed line-up of top PH leaders is expected to be released later this week but without naming the coalition’s candidate for prime minister should it win the coming 14th general election.
Lim also said that if Mahathir was willing to join those leading the fight against prime minister Najib Razak and Barisan Nasional (BN), then the 92-year-old should be allowed to play a major role in PH.
“We feel if you want to win the next general election, you must try to unite those who are willing to fight and take the risks of going against BN.
“If he is willing, then he should be allowed to play a major role along with Wan Azizah, (DAP supremo) Lim Kit Siang and Mohamad Sabu. After all, he is the former prime minister.”
However, Lim added, Anwar would remain the coalition’s prime minister-designate, although someone else would have to hold the post in an interim capacity until his legal hurdles were overcome.
“We must accept that Anwar can’t be the prime minister immediately (after PH wins the general election). But he’s still relevant and we still endorse him as our prime minister candidate.”