Hadi is reportedly saying that he is thrilled to become the Prime Minister (Photo by Hussein Shaharuddin/ The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP national deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw says if Pas president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang is appointed as a prime minister, it is due to the fact that the latter is a Malay, a race that represents the majority of Malaysians.
Speaking to The Mole Dr Tan said: “Because Malays are the majority in the country, it is most likely that the Prime Minister will be appointed from them.”
However the Kepong MP added Abdul Hadi has always insisted that the Prime Minister post belongs to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“All the time I am with him...he (Hadi) has always insisted for Anwar to become the PM,” said Dr Tan.
He was commenting on a news report stating that Abdul Hadi has welcomed the suggestion from Pas delegates for him to be made the Prime Minister if Pakatan Rakyat coalition wins the 13th General Election.
The Marang MP was quoted as saying at Pas’ Annual Muktamar (general assembly): "Sometimes, it can be 'syok' (a thrill) (to be proposed for PM post) but I ask God that Islam be the winner. After that, (I) can be anything, or even die.”
A blog post at Stop The Lies stated that Hadi’s Prime Minister statement would mean that Pas plans to call the shots in a coalition.
The post also read: “The Islamist party is not going to let such niceties as democracy and rights of non-Muslims come in the way of implementing what it sees fit for Malaysian society.”
Dr Tan nonetheless said: “I am quite sure of Hadi’s position on the prime minister’s post. It is something that all parties have agreed on, to have Anwar as a PM.”
He also added that Hadi has no control of the delegates’ suggestion.
Asked whether non-Muslims in Malaysia are ready to have a Prime Minister from an Islamist party, Dr Tan said: “What matters is whether one can lead the nation as a whole. It does not matter if he’s a Christian, Buddhist or Muslim.”
DAP leader for Bandar Kuching Chong Chieng Jen when contacted described the suggestion to have Abdul Hadi as a Prime Minister as a non-issue.
“It is very clear that as far as Pakatan is concerned, we will have Anwar as the Prime Minister if we win,” Chong said.
“Pas and DAP have agreed on this stand. Of course there will be people within the parties who might have different opinions but they ultimately have to follow the consensus.”
PKR vice president Tian Chua when commenting on the issue said in a text message reply: “All have been said. My observation is that nowadays the public is discussing premiership alternative to BN (Barisan Nasional). Such thought would be laughed off as a dream only a few years ago. Now people are talking so enthusiastically as if it is becoming a reality.”
When asked whether he believes non-Muslims are ready to be led by a leader from an Islamist party, he replied: “You should ask this to the Muslim in Malaysia.”