PETALING JAYA – Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been nominated as the candidate for Prime Minister by the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
The decision was announced during the special news conference by Pakatan Harapan which was attended by Anwar himself and the leaders from DAP and AMANAH, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu.
Also present at the announcement was the Advisor of DAP, Lim Kit Siang and several top leaders from the three parties.
The news conference which was supposed to begin at 4.30pm was delayed to pave way for special address by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, which was broadcasted live on national television.
Anwar said, the decision was made during the Presidency Council meeting yesterday as Dr Mahathir, who had resigned as the Chairman of PH did not attend the meeting.
“The Pakatan Harapan Presidency Council had invited Tun Dr Mahathir to chair the meeting to restore the Pakatan Harapan government. However, Tun did not agree to attend the meeting on Tuesday evening, 25 February.
“The Pakatan Harapan remains committed on the aspiration and mandate from the people to steer the country towards the better from all angles. Economics, politics and social. We will not betray this trust,” he said.
Meanwhile, PH had unanimously rejected any effort in forming a backdoor government. The attempt to form a backdoor government had caused Dr Mahathir to resign as the Prime Minister.
“The decision of Bersatu in exiting the Pakatan Harapan on Monday, followed by the resignation of Tun as the Chairman of Bersatu.
“That government was formed by a coalition with the Muafakat Pakatan Harapan (Pakatan Harapan Agreement) which was reached on 7 January 2018; followed by the launch of the Harapan Book (Manifesto) of Pakatan Harapan on 8 March 2018.
“Based on these, the Pakatan Harapan is formed, given mandate by the people and entrusted to be the government,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette