Anwar's political rite of passage

Opinion  |  P Gunasegaram
Published:  |  Modified:

QUESTION TIME | I am puzzled by the storm of opposition towards de facto Pakatan Harapan leader Anwar Ibrahim becoming an MP by contesting in a by-election which was forced by a resignation.

How else is he supposed to take over from interim Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad two years from the election, as agreed to and announced by all members of Harapan, including Mahathir?

If Anwar is going to be prime minister in the agreed time frame, he will ascend to the position in May 2020, some 19 months from now. If it is going to be smooth succession, with Anwar understanding all the moves that have been made since the change in government, then he should be in government already...

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