KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 – The DAP will continue to back PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over as prime minister as agreed between Pakatan Harapan component parties last January. Party adviser Lim Kit Siang has already committed himself to going on the campaign trail for Anwar in the Port Dickson by-election that will be held on Oct 13.
In a statement yesterday, Lim said the people, many of whom voted for PH but are now against the move to engineer a by-election just for Anwar to be elected, must look at the “long-term view”.
Malaysia a ‘work-in-progress’
“We accept these criticisms, but urge Malaysians to have a big-picture and long-term view mindset, as the New Malaysia we want to build is a work-in-progress which will take more than one general election cycle to accomplish, as such a task will require 10 to 20 years to complete,” the DAP veteran said.
The Iskandar Puteri MP added that the by-election will be “an important milestone” for Anwar to take his place in Parliament, and as such, “I will be campaigning for him”.
Anwar will be standing for the by-election in order to make a return to the Dewan Rakyat having been disqualified as Permatang Pauh MP after his February 2015 Sodomy II conviction.
The PD seat was vacated by Danyal Rajagopal Abdullah who was the PKR ticket in the 14th general election last May.
PH policies more effective in long run
Lim advised PH supporters that many of the policies and action taken by the new government will not go down well but will be effective in the long run.
“In the coming months and years, difficulties, differences and even contradictions in Pakatan Harapan are bound to surface, but if we adopt the positive attitude that we want the Pakatan Harapan mission to build a new Malaysia to succeed, all these difficulties, differences and contradictions will be resolved in such a positive context.”
Lim Guan Eng: Anwar represents coalition vision
Last week, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng issued a statement expressing his support for Anwar.
“The DAP and Pakatan Harapan will support Anwar as he represented the coalition’s vision of nation-building and national unity under the leadership of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Anwar contesting in Port Dickson comes at a critical juncture to reaffirm and reinforce the soul of Malaysia as democratic, respects rule of law, upholds integrity in leadership, social and economic justice, tolerant, celebrates diversity and inclusiveness,” the DAP secretary-general said.
Pakatan Harapan agreement in January
The Port Dickson by-election is seen as the platform for Anwar’s official return to the government, based on the agreement between PH leaders in a meeting last January.
It was declared then that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be the prime minister, should the coalition win GE14.
Then PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was to be given the deputy prime minister post and the new government will get Anwar a full Royal pardon, which will enable him to stand in a by-election and return to the government in due time.
It was also agreed that Anwar will become the country’s eigth prime minister in a matter of two to three years.
As far as the Pakatan Harapan hierarchy is concerned, in August last year, the then opposition coalition had agreed to name Anwar as the defacto leader, with Mahathir as chairman and Wan Azizah as president.
There has been no information as to whether Anwar will take over as PH chairman as well, after Mahathir’s eventual exit as prime minister.