Of course Azmin supports Anwar for PM, says aide

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali.

GEORGE TOWN: An aide to Mohamed Azmin Ali today brushed off questions on the PKR deputy president’s support for Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister.

Muhammad Hilman Idham, who is Azmin’s political secretary, said it would be redundant for the economic affairs minister to publicly indicate support for Anwar as he has repeatedly supported the Pakatan Harapan (PH) consensus that the PKR leader would eventually become prime minister.

“I think it is not necessary for Azmin to state whether he supports Anwar or not,” he said.

“We are a party that works in the spirit of consensus among PH parties, so it it not necessary to repeat what he has essentially agreed to before.

“As deputy president, naturally Azmin would support Anwar as (PKR) president and prime minister. Let us all campaign based on issues and not something petty like this,” Hilman told FMT.

He was responding to a PKR vice-presidential candidate’s remark that Azmin had never once voiced support for Anwar to take over from Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

S Kesavan, who is Sungai Siput MP, also said he was unsure if Azmin really wanted Anwar to become the next prime minister.

“I am not confident about the deputy president because, until this day, he has never come out to state his full support for Anwar as prime minister,” he said at a party function in Sabah yesterday.

He was responding to a question during a debate session on what the present issue was with the PKR deputy presidency post, ahead of the party election.

PH had decided that Anwar would be the eighth prime minister, with the “period and timing” of the transition to be discussed by the coalition’s presidential council, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli said yesterday.

The PKR polls, which start on Sept 14, will take place over the course of nine weeks. The official results will be announced at the PKR national congress on Nov 16.

About 800,000 PKR members are eligible to vote in the party polls, involving 218 divisions nationwide this year.

A total of 3,000 party staff members will be involved and 600 e-voting devices will be mobilised to ensure smooth running of the polling.

Polling is set for Sept 14 in Kelantan and Terengganu; Sept 15 in Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Pahang; Sept 17 in Kuala Lumpur; Sept 22 in Penang and Kedah; Sept 23 in Selangor; Sept 29 in Johor; Sept 30 in Perak and Perlis; Oct 6 in Sarawak and Oct 13 in Sabah.