Dr Mahathir Mohamad today urged all parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH) to ignore past enmities between them and focus on defeating Barisan Nasional (BN) at the next polls, minutes after the coalition officially named him the prime ministerial candidate.
“We must forget the past because it would get in the way of what we want to achieve,” said Mahathir in his speech at the PH convention here today.
The former prime minister was earlier named as the coalition’s choice of prime minister, and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as his deputy.
The coalition also announced that it would appoint Anwar Ibrahim, who is due to be released from jail in June this year, as the eighth prime minister after going through a process to clear legal hurdles prohibiting him from active politics.
Mahathir said it was also not easy for Anwar Ibrahim, who served as deputy when he headed the government in the 1990s, to accept him, as it was during his administration that the opposition leader was arrested and jailed.
“Not only Anwar, his family too felt the pressure when Anwar was detained. They have suffered for 20 years. It’s not easy to forget this episode. But in the end, they have managed to get over all the things that took place.”
“My party is of course not happy too. We asked for more, but in the end, we did get some seats,” said the PPBM chairman.
PH chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah today announced that top leaders from PKR, DAP, Amanah and PPBM had agreed to settle on seats allocation between them in Peninsular Malaysia.-FMT