Allegations of Dr Mahathir, Daim and Azmin behind conspiracy.
At Rafizi Ramli’s campaign ceramah over the last two nights, those giving speeches attacked not only party members supportive of Azmin Ali but also Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is said to be grooming the economic affairs minister.
Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad in Malacca last night said Dr Mahathir and Daim Zainuddin, who is Council of Eminent Persons chairman, were “sponsoring” some PKR leaders to go against Anwar, who is PKR president.
Kapar MP Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid in a ceramah for Rafizi in Johor, also said Azmin enjoyed the support of Daim and Dr Mahathir, and urged PKR members to vote for Rafizi if they wanted Anwar to become prime minister.
Abdullah claimed that Anwar would face problems taking over the premiership from Dr Mahathir if Rafizi is unsuccessful in unseating Azmin as PKR deputy president in the coming party polls.
“Several parties who had wronged Anwar previously are again conspiring to deny him the Prime Ministership and I will openly say that Tun Daim Zainuddin has a role in this.
Prior to GE14, Pakatan Harapan leaders had agreed that Dr Mahathir will be made Prime Minister if the coalition won the general election.
They also agreed that Anwar, who recently won the PKR presidency unopposed, will take over the post from Dr Mahathir.
Although no time frame was fixed for the takeover, Dr Mahathir had said he may stay for two years or longer if the people wanted this.
Abdullah said PKR members should support Rafizi to ensure justice for Anwar.
“We must make sure that he is not again denied the PM’s position.
“We have to keep our pledges made to the people during reformasi and in our election manifesto,” he said.
Abdullah said there should be no more obstacles for Anwar to become Prime Minister.
“The people want justice and are worried for their future.
“As such, we should ensure there are no more obstacles in Anwar’s way to becoming PM,” he added.
Abdullah told Malaysiakini that he truly believes that PKR deputy president Azmin has colluded with Daim to prevent the handover plan which has been agreed to by all Harapan parties.
“That’s what I’m saying in Seremban and Johor. I mean it.
“Even though it is my observation, it is still a fact…I believe (what) I say is correct,” said Abdullah who is aligned to Rafizi.
Pressed for evidence to back-up his claims, Abdullah pointed out that Daim had previously said there was no necessity for Anwar to take over from Mahathir before the 15th general election.
“What does he mean by that? The cooperation between him and Azmin is very very closely joining together a lot of things.
“I look at the way he and Azmin are doing things, they try to stop the consensus agreement among ourselves that between two years Mahathir has to step down,” he insisted.
Meanwhile, responding to the comments by the PKR leaders who accused Dr Mahathir, among others, of trying to stop Anwar from becoming the next prime minister, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) supreme council member Wan Saiful Wan Jan has cautioned them to be more careful with their words and to avoid slandering other parties’ leaders.
“Friends in PKR should be more civilised in their words when talking about leaders from other parties in Pakatan,” he said in a statement today (Monday).
With an eye on the upcoming PKR party polls, he said that leaders in PKR should “talk about party issues and not slander leaders from other parties”.
He said that Bersatu members have been taught by Mahathir to respect the camaraderie between the parties in Pakatan.
“There shouldn’t be leaders from other parties who slander (those from other parties in Pakatan) just so that they can get positions in the world.
“This bad behaviour is not something we want to cultivate in Pakatan,” he said.
He also called for PKR leaders to curb the behaviour in their party.
“If not the public will think that top PKR leaders are in agreement with slander and the bad behaviour shown,” he added.
On Saturday, The Malaysian Insight quoted Anwar as saying that Abdullah’s claims were only a personal opinion, and he urged all PKR election candidates to focus their campaign on policies rather than personal attacks.