IPOH, November 4 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today clarified the coalition has not decided who would be its mentri besar were it to win the state during the 15th general election.
When asked if it would the PKR candidate for the Kuala Sepetang state seat, Datuk Zainal Azman Abu Seman, Anwar said the PH presidential council would still have to discuss the matter.
“It was only a suggestion from PKR. But usually in our system we will negotiate in PH.
“Similar to like the prime minister candidate. PKR suggested me, but we discussed in PH for their consensus. So, we will go through them,” he told a press conference after attending a programme to accept the membership applications of 500 former MIC members in Tambun here.
Anwar, who is also the PKR president, added that the matter was also still undecided within his party.
“We have thrown the idea, but there is no firm decision yet. We want to win first,” he added.
Zainal Azman, who is a former Public Service Department deputy director-general and former perak state secretary, was announced by Anwar recently as one of the seven high profile PH candidates for the upcoming election.
Yesterday, PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli reportedly confirmed that Zainal Azman would be Perak PH’s mentri besar candidate if the coalition win the election.
However, Perak PKR chief Chang Lih Kang tried later to downplay the matter in the same way Anwar did today, by saying it was premature to discuss the topic before winning the state election.