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No way to stop Anwar succeeding Dr M, says PKR veep

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PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar does not see how the agreement that Anwar Ibrahim succeeds Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister can be breached.

He said this is because PKR lawmakers form the majority in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Based on this, Jayakumar said he was baffled over the accusation that Mahathir and his trusted advisor Daim Zainuddin are colluding with PKR deputy president Azmin Ali to prevent Anwar from becoming prime minister.

“While PKR celebrates differences in opinion and champions freedom of expression among its members, we must refrain from criticising members of our fellow Harapan component parties, especially against its leaders.

“I believe that irrespective of PKR camps or allegiances, healthy politics should be practiced by every member in the party instead of making accusations for the sake of 'cheap brownie points' and political mileage at the expense of component party leaders or members,” he tweeted this afternoon.

PKR lawmaker Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid, who made the accusation, is aligned to former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli. The latter is challenging Azmin for the PKR number two post.

Abdullah said voting for Azmin would be akin to stopping Anwar from becoming prime minister.

Meanwhile, Jayakumar warned that attacking PKR's partners would provide fodder to the opposition to claim there are cracks within the coalition.

He said it would also open the door for other Harapan parties to criticise PKR in the open.

“We must always remember that such instability does not augur well for the government that we are administrating and the people have placed their trust upon us.

“Any concerns or allegation over the succession should have been dealt within the Harapan presidential council or internally within PKR.

“Hopefully as PKR polls loom, party candidates will campaign in a manner which does not affect its other component parties,” he added.

Transition already discussed

Meanwhile, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (photo) reiterated that the transition of the premiership between Mahathir and Anwar would proceed as agreed upon before the 14th general election.

"My stance on this issue is the same as Tun Mahathir," said Saifuddin, who is also the minister for domestic trade and consumer affairs.

"The transition process is something that is within the scope of Pakatan Harapan and it has been discussed..that's all that I need to say," he said in a press conference after opening the 2018 SSM National Conference at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre today.

Yesterday, Mahathir demanded proof that he was plotting against Anwar and stressed that he does not interfere with the election in other parties.

Abdullah's allegation also courted flak from Bersatu supreme council member Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

Previously, Azmin had denied claims that Mahathir was empowering him with the powerful economic affairs ministerial portfolio to keep Anwar in check.

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