PKR questions Dr M for naming top posts

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR has questioned the announcement of three top posts by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, saying nothing has been finalised and the line-up is still being negotiated with the party’s de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

This comes after Mahathir today named DAP’s Lim Guan Eng as finance minister, PPBM’s Muhyiddin Yassin as the home minister, and Amanah’s Mohamad Sabu as the defence minister.

But hours later, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli issued a statement saying talks between Mahathir and Anwar were still ongoing.

He said Mahathir was to meet Anwar later this evening at the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM) in Cheras, where the jailed leader is undergoing treatment.

“Any decision on appointments must be unanimously agreed by all four parties in Pakatan Harapan.

“PKR is confident that negotiations will follow the spirit of consensus to help strengthen the Pakatan Harapan government,” Rafizi said, adding that many had asked him about PKR not being given any of the top three posts.

Mahathir today also announced a council of senior advisers to help the new government. They include former finance minister Daim Zainuddin, billionaire tycoon Robert Kuok, former Bank Negara governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas president Hassan Merican and prominent economist KS Jomo.

Mahathir said seven other key ministers will be announced after considering names given by PH.