Anwar expresses confidence in garnering enough support to be PM

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is confident he is able to garner enough support to be prime minister, if Pakatan Harapan wins the next general election.

Anwar was responding to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who was quoted by news reports saying that Anwar should give way to Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, if he cannot get the support he needed to be prime minister.

“He (Lim) gave his view and we listened to his views, there are no problems. He said I should give way if I’m not able (to get the support).

“My answer to him is yes, God-willing,” he told reporters when met at the sidelines of a ceramah in Api-Api on Sunday (Sept 20).

DAP’s backing of Shafie as prime minister remains a sensitive topic in Pakatan.

Lim’s remarks had triggered brickbats from PKR leaders where Anwar’s daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar tweeted, “Focus on the Sabah election instead of racing to break the spirit of friendship (setiakawan).”

Questions were also raised regarding DAP’s backing of Shafie as prime minister, as Shafie leads Warisan, a regional party based in Sabah with only nine MPs compared with PKR, which has 38 MPs.

Anwar later headed to the Inanam constituency for another ceramah, but was cut short as there was no permit.

However, he was allowed to give his speech, which was about 10 minutes long.

He said it was important for Sabahans to vote for a stable coalition like Warisan Plus.

He claimed that Perikatan Nasional is a weak government due to the razor-thin parliamentary majority it commanded.

“The government is not so stable, so don’t be so arrogant. A majority of two to three, anytime it can go and trust me, it will go soon.”

Also present were senior PKR leaders Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Sim Tze Hin as well as DAP’s Chan Foong Hin.

“It is unbecoming of the police and the Election Commission (EC) officers to go directly to Anwar. They should have approached the candidate’s representative (over the permit issue),” said Dr Xavier at a press conference.

Sim said they could not obtain the permit because the programme was planned last Friday (Sept 18).

“This programme was planned last Friday night, and when we wanted to submit our application on Saturday morning, it (EC) was closed,” he said.