Jubilant with PH’s victory, Anwar’s input was sought on PKR’s candidates for ministers while preparation was going on for his royal pardon and release, possibly as early as on Tuesday.
The news of Anwar’s sooner-than-anticipated release was reported by Singapore’s Channel NewsAsia which said that it was told by Anwar’s eldest daughter Nurul Izzah that paperwork for her father’s royal pardon was being prepared and he will be released in three day’s time.
Yesterday, it was reported that PKR’s top leadership met Anwar in hospital to seek his views on candidates to be proposed for the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) Cabinet.
Speaking to the media before leaving the hospital, PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said he, Dr Wan Azizah, Nurul Izzah, Rafizi Ramli and a few other senior leaders gave their input and views to Anwar.
He said that the purpose was “for tomorrow where we will continue the next round of discussions”, referring to the talks on Cabinet positions with newly sworn-in Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) office on May 12.
When asked if Anwar was happy with the candidate choices, Saifuddin said that PKR has many qualified leaders and acknowledged the high expectation from the public as this involves the formation of a new government.
“The onus is on PKR to propose the best among the best of PKR leadership for the prime minister to choose.
“Datuk Seri Anwar has a list of many names. He knows the talent, commitment and record among party leaders. He will give the input to choose the best,” he said.
According to Saifuddin, after a full pardon is secured for Anwar, the former opposition leader will be appointed to a position equivalent to his status.
However, he declined to provide a specific timeframe as to when Anwar would succeed Mahathir as the eighth prime minister.
“We don’t talk about the time frame, be it one year or two years, I think we should respect Mahathir, who was just sworn in as prime minister,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Wan Azizah said Anwar was “jubilant” and felt that despite being out of the election contest, he contributed to the power change.
“He followed all the news of the new prime minister being sworn in and Pakatan Harapan’s win, that we have created history.
“And that he is part of it and then he actually felt – even though he was a spectator this time, not within the ring so to speak – that he has contributed his part for the change of government of 61 years.
“So he feels that jubilant mood, and I think it helped his health,” she said at the hospital.
“And we are all very grateful that the transition has been smooth, and we hope and pray for a better governance for the future of our country, for the future of the people. And this is a new dawn.
“But we went through this together. This is how Anwar feels. That this part of the movement where it started 20 years ago has actually brought success and a feeling of victory,” she said, adding that Anwar has a problem with his arm but that it was all forgotten amid the jubilant mood.