Prime minister post for Anwar under threat from within PKR, says veterans group

In a Facebook post on Jan 2, following an hour-long meeting with the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad must be given the space to lead the country within the agreed timeframe. PHOTO: ST FILE

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - There are individuals within Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) who want to prevent party president Anwar Ibrahim from becoming prime minister in two years, claims Otai Reformasi, a pro-Anwar veterans group.

The group's chairman, Dr Idris Ahmad, said it was clear there were people who wanted to prevent the PKR president from becoming prime minister and to spur a power grab.

"Otai Reformasi will oppose anyone who attempts to thwart Anwar from becoming prime minister as agreed to by the (ruling alliance) Pakatan Harapan presidential council," said Dr Idris, who is also Ijok assemblyman and Federal Territories PKR leadership council chairman.

Asked to be specific on who in PKR were against the transition of power, he merely said it was clear from several Facebook postings, including a recent statement from "a minister".

"We don't want doubts to be created and will go all out to defend the transition of power," he told a press conference on Thursday (Jan 3).

Dr Idris said Otai Reformasi is a non-political movement formed by concerned citizens in 1998 to push for institutional reforms following Datuk Seri Anwar's sacking as deputy prime minister, and is known for being pro-Anwar.

It now also comprises members of political parties such as PKR, Democratic Action Party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Parti Amanah Negara.

On Tuesday, PKR supreme council member and Pakatan Harapan secretary-general Saifuddin Abdullah said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's term as the interim Prime Minister was never discussed at Pakatan presidential council meetings.

Datuk Saifuddin, who is also Foreign Minister, said Pakatan only made the decision that Mr Anwar would be appointed after Dr Mahathir steps down.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday following an hour-long meeting with the Prime Minister in Putrajaya, Mr Anwar said Dr Mahathir must be given the space to lead the country within the agreed timeframe.

On the motion at Bersatu's recent annual general meeting calling for Dr Mahathir to serve a full term as Prime Minister, Dr Idris said Otai Reformasi was strongly against this.

He also said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali's recent calls for Mr Anwar to review the appointments to the party's central leadership council line-up were connected to attempts to derail the transition of power.

"There must be discipline or standard operating procedure to state anything."

"We view his (Azmin's) statement seriously, as it was done publicly," he added.

He said Datuk Seri Azmin changed his tune after the recent PKR polls.

"You saw there was hugging and kissing on stage at the PKR convention (after the polls).

"But after a month, he is now showing his true colours," he said.

Among those appointed to the council was former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, who had lost the deputy presidency to Mr Azmin in a heated contest.

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