Anwar: Pakatan to discuss future country leadership

(The Star) – Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will hold a discussion with his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues on the suggestion by PAS’ Dewan Ulama that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang be made Prime Minister should the coalition come into power.

Anwar was evasive when met by reporters after launching a convention on national education at Universiti Selangor (Unisel) here Sunday, saying he had to rush off for another function in Kuantan.

When asked to react to the call made by Dewan Ulama representative Hairun Nizam in support of Hadi as Prime Minister, Anwar said: “It’s okay. No problem. We will discuss in a nice manner”.

He then quickly stepped into his car and took off.

At the 58th PAS muktamar in Kota Baru on Saturday, Hairun said Hadi was the best candidate for the job if the coalition took over Putrajaya.

His call runs contrary to the popular assumption that Pakatan would appoint Anwar as Prime Minister if it won the 13th general election.

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang reaffirmed this stance at the Pakatan gathering in Kota Baru on Thursday.

When pressed for a reaction, Hadi dodged questions and said he’d rather be a “servant” to the people and country.

“Whoever becomes the Prime Minister needs the support of the party and people.

“I would rather be a khadam (servant) to the people,” he said.