Anthony Loke however refuses to comment on Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as PM and DPM candidates respectively

PUTRAJAYA: Anwar Ibrahim remains DAP’s first choice as candidate for prime minister should Pakatan Harapan take over the federal government, said Anthony Loke.

The DAP organising national secretary, however, was not willing to comment if the party supported Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dr Wan Azizah Ismail as interim prime minister and deputy prime minister.

“I have no comment on that. I think everything has been said in the media, so I have nothing more to add.

“As far DAP is concerned, Anwar Ibrahim is our choice of prime minister.

“Of course, we are aware that after the 14th general election (if Pakatan wins), he cannot become prime minister unless he receives a pardon and then contests in a by-election,” Loke told reporters, after submitting DAP’s financial statement to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) today.

It was reported that at a recent two-day Pakatan retreat, the Opposition coalition had proposed Mahathir and Wan Azizah lead the government should it win the next general election.

It was also reported that the choice was agreed to by the coalition’s “G5”, comprising Pakatan chairman Mahathir, president Wan Azizah, and deputy presidents Muhyiddin Yassin, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamed Sabu.

The decision has been met with some resistance by members of the coalition.

Meanwhile, Loke said that with the submission of the party’s financial statement, the party had abided by all ROS requirements, including conducting a re-election of its central executive committee (CEC), The Star Online reported.

“According to ROS rules, we must submit our party’s financial statement report within 60 days of our party’s congress. Today, we have submitted the report in less than a month of the congress.

“With this final requirement completed, we have abided by everything that is required from us by the ROS.

“So we hope ROS can return our party to a normal status. Hopefully, there will not be any more problems after this,” he said.