Pakatan must have candidate for PM if it captures Putrajaya: DAP sec gen

Pakatan must have candidate for PM if it captures Putrajaya: DAP sec gen

SUBANG JAYA, Malaysia - The opposition pact must agree to a person among them to be the prime minister should their alliance take over Federal power, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

At the same time, he added, they must agree to drop the hudud agenda that is advocated by PAS.

Stressing that his party "holds the key to Putrajaya", Lim said it was pertinent for the three allies - DAP, PAS and PKR - to present a "coherent and consistent policy" to convince the middle ground.

He said they would not be able to enter the next election if they cannot agree on the prime minister prospect or make a clear and definite position on the hudud penal code.

Lim, who is Penang Chief Minister, said this in his keynote address at the DAP national congress at One City here yesterday.

Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali was a guest at the gathering.

PKR president Datuk Seri Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and PAS central committee member Dr Hatta Ramli represented their respective parties.

Also present were representatives from the Embassies of the United States and Turkey as well as the High Commission of Singapore.

Lim warned there should not be a repeat of the Selangor mentri besar crisis.

This may have struck a cord with his PKR guests, who left immediately after the opening.

Key PAS leaders were not present as they were attending a party central committee meeting.

Stressing the opposition pact could only achieve their target by winning the hearts of the middle ground, Lim said: "Middle Malaysia can be won only if Pakatan Rakyat can demonstrate our good governance is superior to that of the Barisan Nasional."

Asked by reporters later if the DAP wanted the prime minister's post, Lim declined to comment. Asked if his party would align with China or the United States if it held federal power, he muttered: "Later."

Perak DAP delegate Wong Kah Who said even if there were people in PAS taking a hostile stand, the opposition coalition could still depend on others, such as PAS deputy president Mohamed Sabu, former Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.

Johor delegate Wong Soo Kee said DAP should go on a head-on collision with Umno.

"Forget about MIC, MCA, SUPP, and others," she said.

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