SIBU: There may be more than two ‘prime minister’ hopefuls should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) come to power after the general election as DAP strongman Lim Guan Eng will not want to be left out of the race.
When giving this view, PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah warned that there would be a big scramble for the country’s number one post if PR had the upper hand.
“Unlike BN, PR is a loose coalition and there is no ‘head’ of PR to automatically become PM if they win the impending election.
“The likelihood of chaos cannot be discounted, where investors’ confidence and the business community are the ones most likely affected. To date, they are evasive as to who would become the premier in the event PR wins because among themselves, whether it is (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim, (Datuk Seri) Hadi (Awang) or Guan Eng, they are keen to vie for that post.
“Before that happens, it is better to put your vote on the present BN government that has proven visionary and brought continuous development to the people.
“BN has time and time proven to be capable in leading the country towards achieving higher level of development and growth besides being people and business friendly,” Karim, who is also Asajaya assemblyman and Assistant Minister of Youth Development, told The Borneo Post.
He conceded while there might be weaknesses BN was very sincere in making improvements.
He was asked if PR was over confident, given that the opposition pact was already talking about who among them would be prime minister even though the election had not been announced.
Karim added: “They are power crazy and each and every one of them, be they in PKR, PAS or DAP, are dreaming of being the PM.”
Recently, PAS delegates had called for their president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to be made prime minister if the opposition group wins the general election.
Bernama reported that Hadi Awang welcomed the delegates’ suggestion.
He was quoted to have said sometimes it could be ‘syok’ (a thrill) to be proposed for the PM’s post.
While this might be so, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang preferred Anwar for the top post to soothe concern among the Chinese that PAS would enforce the hudud law if PR grabbed Putrajaya after the election.
Political observers equated the ‘tussle’ as a glaring disunity among the PR partners and widening rift in the fragile pact.