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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Is this based on consensus on merely Kit Siang’s idea?


Salleh Said Keruak

Earlier, Rafizi Ramli said if Pakatan wins the next general election Anwar Ibrahim is going to become the new Prime Minister. Before that, during a talk in the UK, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Muhyiddin Yassin will be the Prime Minister and then back-tracked and said it was too early to decide that. Now Lim Kit Siang says Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Muhyiddin Yassin will the interim or temporary Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister respectively.

This means Wan Azizah will be Prime Minister just for a few months until Anwar is pardoned by DYMM the Agong, is freed from jail, a PKR MP vacates his or her seat, a by-election is held, and Anwar wins that by-election and takes over as Prime Minister, the whole process which should take a few months. Once Anwar takes over as PM, he then choose his Deputy to replace the interim DPM, Muhyiddin. Who Anwar’s DPM is going to be is not known as this stage.

Kit Siang did not tell us wether this proposal for interim PM and DPM is based on consensus and whether it has the agreement of all parties in Pakatan, including Mahathir’s Pribumi. Will this also apply in the event DAP wins the most number of parliament seats in the general election and some of those who win are DAP’s Malay candidates?

What happens if DYMM the Agong does not grant Anwar a pardon since Anwar never applied for one? Will Anwar agree to apply for his pardon or will be still insist that he is not going to apply for it as this would tantamount to an admission of guilt? Will the interim PM and DPM then continue to hold office indefinitely if Anwar fails to get pardoned and released?

Kit Siang’s statement makes it sound like the issue of who is going to be PM and DPM if Pakatan wins the election has already been resolved when in actual fact it has not. Kit Siang should also tell us what will happen if Anwar does not get pardoned and released so that we know he has a backup or alternative plan.

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