Former political secretary of Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Zahid Mat Arip said he was shocked when his former boss was willing to appeal for ‘position’ to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
He said it was unexpected that the former prime minister would do that amid a situation where the opposition did not have sufficient numbers to usurp the government.
“I was very surprised when Mahathir was willing to go to the PKR office, to meet Anwar, to appeal to the prime minister’s office in a state where the numbers (number of MPs) were unconfirmed…. it really surprised me,” he was quoted as saying today after taking his oath as a member of Parliament today.
Last week, Mahathir and Anwar, together with Pakatan Harapan’s leadership at PKR’s headquarters were discussing the efforts to take over the government from the Perikatan Nasional.
“It is not easy for me to give comment about Mahathir, but same as Muhyiddin as well, I wish him best of luck.”
He also urged his fellow comrades in PPBM to be united and give supports to prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also PPBM president.
Zahid was once of the keynote speakers for PKR during the early stages of the late 1990s Reformasi movement. However, he later shifted his direction and led a movement known as Tolak Individu Bernama Anwar Ibrahim (Tibai).
Zahid was among five individuals who took the oath as senators today. The other four are the PPBM Negeri Sembilan chief, Dr Rais Yatim, former Umno minister Radzi Sheikh Ahmad; PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad and PAS Supporters Association (DHPP) Chairman N Balasubramaniam.
Meanwhile, commenting on the relationship between both Umno and PPBM leaders, Rais described the retaliatory statement between them as “personal views” of the individuals involved and did not represent their party’s official views.
“The party’s view, to my knowledge, has not been made by anyone,” he was quoted as saying after taking the oath in Dewan Rakyat.
He also called on all parties to give Muhyiddin a chance to show his leadership.
PPBM supreme council member Wan Saiful Wan Jan said that UMNO needs to sacrifice, in order to make the Perikatan Nasional (PN) more stable than Pakatan Harapan (PH).
He said UMNO could no longer be a dominant party in Perikatan Nasional as it did in the Barisan Nasional (BN) before.
Wan Saiful said by doing so, the Perikatan Nasional could be formed better than any other political cooperation.
“So far, 12 parties have expressed their agreement to form the Perikatan Nasional. There are a few UMNO leaders who look uncomfortable and this is not a strange thing.
“This is because, in the Barisan Nasional, they are the dominant party but in Perikatan Nasional they will lose the dominant status. There are definitely UMNO leaders who are worried.
“Equality in Perikatan Nasional will make it better than Barisan Nasional. But for now, for me, UMNO needs to be given time and space to manage the transition,” he said.
He is also in the view that Muhyiddin must be retained as the prime minister after the 15th general election.
16th June 2020 18:29
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