PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Charles Santiago has questioned PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s motive in saying that Dr Mahathir Mohamad should remain as prime minister until the end of his five-year term.
Santiago believed it was PAS’ attempt to split the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.
“Hadi is playing naughty when he says Mahathir should stay till the end (of the term).
“There is a clear agreement in PH that Anwar will take over from Mahathir at the end of the second year,” he told FMT.
Santiago was commenting on Hadi’s statement yesterday that Mahathir should be given the opportunity to continue to administer the country until the end of his five-year term.
Hadi said efforts by some quarters, including PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim, to take over the premiership, was an act not in accordance with political morals.
“We do not want a person with lust to rule for fear that when he/she becomes a leader, the person does not shoulder the responsibility entrusted upon him/her,” he said while urging Mahathir to administer the country for as long as he could perform the task.
Santiago asked if Hadi was grabbing the opportunity to split the party as there had been allegations of disagreements within the coalition.
“In the last few months, there have been attempts to undermine Anwar.
“The argument is that Mahathir is good so let’s keep him there for five years.
“People are repeating the same mantra despite Mahathir saying he will hand over power to Anwar,” he said.
Santiago claimed that Hadi was using the opportunity to split PH, and to keep the so-called rift alive.
“There is a saying that if you say a lie 10 times, people will start believing you.”
Santiago said it was also an attempt to undermine Anwar.
Meanwhile, Amanah’s Khalid Samad said that Hadi should mind his own business and let PH decide on the matter.
“Why does he bother to interfere in this matter? His view is unneeded and just meant to create chaos.”
Khalid said it had been decided that Anwar would be the next prime minister and it was just a matter of time.
Anwar is contesting the Port Dickson parliamentary seat after its MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah stepped down to allow the PKR president-elect to contest the seat in his bid to return to Parliament.
This is the fourth by-election since the 14th general election and Anwar will be facing six opponents.