KUALA LUMPUR: Imprisoned PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has decided against offering himself as Pakatan Harapan's candidate for prime minister.
Instead, he chose to focus on uplifting the party to win the upcoming general election.
Anwar said he hoped that Pakatan Harapan would channel its energy and efforts in strengthening the party and gain public support since the decision to choose the ruling government lies in the hands of the people.
“Pakatan Harapan should concentrate on policy-making and towards winning the 14th General Election (GE14).
“Any acts of power struggle or impoliteness should not be permitted in the party,” he said in a statement today.
As agreed by Pakatan Harapan, Anwar said the party champions political reform and aims to bring in new political ideas.
“We are committed to upholding principles of democracy and justice. We prioritise policies geared towards boosting the people’s welfare and resist greed and corruption.
“We are not only calling for a change in leadership, but we hope to do away with the outdated system that permits all forms of lawless and corrupt acts.”
Anwar said Pakatan Harapan should maintain its 'musyawwarah' (discussion) tradition and consensus as practiced by Pakatan Rakyat previously.
On Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) proposal to restructure Pakatan Harapan’s leadership, to sit as chairman and president of the coalition, Anwar feared that such change would make it similar to Barisan Nasional.
Hence, he hoped that Pakatan Harapan members would re-examine the proposal in order to retain the original consensus of the party.
“In an effort to build a strong force against Umno-BN, it is crucial to ensure effective participation from all members.
“This includes making full use of former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s role and position in the opposition coalition.
“It’s not advised to make any assumptions before all party leaders have expressed their thoughts on this,” he added.
It was reported that Bersatu had proposed its chairperson Mahathir and president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to be appointed as Pakatan Harapan chairperson and president respectively, with Anwar as the adviser.