KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Barisan Nasional and Independent lawmakers are confident that the opposition alliance will not achieve their aim of appointing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as prime minister.
Putrajaya Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said this was because the opposition would not be able to capture Putrajaya in the upcoming 13th general election.
“The problem with the opposition is that they don’t have a fixed stand on who is the most eligible to be the country’s number one leader.
“I believe the people will not fall for their deceit as the Pakatan parties have not fulfilled whatever they had promised,” he said when met by reporters at the Parliament lobby, here, today.
He was asked to comment on the suggestion by a delegate from PAS’s Dewan Ulama at the party’s 58th Annual Muktamar (General Assembly) which ended yesterday, for Hadi to be made prime minister if the opposition wins the upcoming general election.
Tangga Batu MP Datuk Idris Haron said the PM issue had revealed the truth about the opposition parties, that they had merely been play-acting to appear they were supportive of each other.
“In the end, the truth has come out. PAS wants Abdul Hadi to be prime minister while DAP and PKR wants another person. This shows they won’t be able to govern the country well,” he said.
Independent MP for Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Datuk Zulkifli Noordin said the proposal for Hadi to be appointed prime minister indicated that PAS members had lost trust in Anwar.
Kota Tinggi MP Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, meanwhile, said disunity among the opposition allies had become increasingly clear with each party trying to flex its muscles.
“(They can suggest) Abdul Hadi or Anwar, but to me the most qualified is the current prime minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak). They are acting on emotions. To me, Abdul Hadi is not PM material,” he added.
MCA vice president Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said it was up to the people to decide in the upcoming general election but he urged DAP to rethink its partnership in the opposition pact.
He said PAS also needed to explain convincingly to the non-Muslims its plan to implement hudud.
“DAP should be firm on this matter. If it feels that PAS is not right, it should quit the opposition pact,” said the deputy finance minister. — Bernama