PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Harapan presidential council must meet as soon as possible and reach a consensus who the candidate for prime minister will be, says the DAP Central Executive Committee (CEC).
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (pic) said the matter was of great importance and the council must meet before Parliament convenes on July 13.
“The CEC takes note that the proposal of the candidate is historic as it involves consideration of a leader from east Malaysia for the very first time,” he said in a statement on Tuesday (June 30).
He said that Pakatan must work together to strengthen the coalition to challenge Perikatan Nasional.
Lim also said DAP also wanted Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and his deputy Nga Kor Ming to remain at their posts.
Two motions were recently been submitted to the Dewan Rakyat to pave the way for Mohamad Ariff and Nga’s removal.
On Saturday (June 27), Dr Mahathir said that Amanah and DAP during a recent meeting had supported Shafie’s candidacy as prime minister.
In response to this, Shafie, who is Warisan president and Sabah Chief Minister, said he would seriously consider Dr Mahathir’s suggestion.
However, the move by Dr Mahathir to push Shafie as the prime minister candidate drew the ire of several Opposition leaders.
They insisted that PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should be given the post if Pakatan came back to power.
PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail in a statement on Monday (June 29) said PKR remained open to discussion but the decision must be made by the Pakatan presidential council.