Amanah’s Khalid Samad says no one at Pakatan convention objected to his candidacy although statements by PKR’s Azmin Ali after the meeting suggest otherwis

KUALA LUMPUR: Not a single person objected to the naming of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Pakatan Harapan’s prime minister candidate at its convention last Sunday, said Amanah communications director Khalid Samad today.

He said nothing ‘out of the ordinary’ happened during the meeting although representatives from the four parties in Pakatan Harapan did give differing views on the matter.

“There was no objection and everyone agreed to name Mahathir as the prime minister. Nothing (unusual) happened during the meeting as no one said ‘no’,” he told Berita Daily.

Khalid said there was a long discussion on the issue but at the end everyone agreed to Mahathir’s nomination for the post.

Khalid, however, was non-committal when asked if Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali was left fuming over the coalition’s decision to name Mahathir as its prime minister should Pakatan Harapan capture Putrajaya in the 14th general election.

“Old people do not sulk; not nice for old people to sulk. You should ask him on that matter, but I don’t think so.

“He left early because probably he had some other things to do,” Khalid said.

The Pakatan convention also decided that efforts would be made to get a royal pardon for imprisoned PKR de facto chief Anwar Ibrahim so that he can succeed Mahathir as the country’s eight prime minister.

Azmin’s snide remarks

However, former PKR member Badrul Hisham Shaharin claimed that Azmin was angry with the Pakatan Harapan leadership for not naming him for the PM post.

According to Badrul, also known as Chegu Bard, Azmin had resorted to making snide remarks against Mahathir on social media.

“Azmin is angry and rumours about him leaving the meeting early because he disagreed with Pakatan’s decision are true. He is like a little kid as he now uses the social media platform to attack Mahathir.

“This is not the first time. Before this during the Selangor MB crisis he attacked Anwar Ibrahim on Twitter and after that he attacked Saari Sungib when the former ISA detainee questioned his decision,” Chegu Bard said.

Earlier today Chegu Bard screen-shot several tweets from Azmin’s personal account with uncomplimentary remarks apparently directed at Mahathir’s unsuccessful attempt to meet Anwar yesterday.

Chegu Bard also alleged that Anwar’s personal twitter account was used to run down Mahathir and that Azmin was behind this.

“The person responsible for bringing Mahathir into the opposition pact was Azmin. He endorsed Mahathir but now he felt cheated as Pakatan named someone else instead of him as the PM candidate.

“Thus he attacked Mahathir on Twitter and paid the person who is handling Anwar’s social media account to attack Mahathir too. Azmin wants the PM post, as simple as that,” he added.

Chegu Bard said several people who attended the meeting told him that there were shouts between anti-Azmin and pro-Azmin camps.

“That is why Azmin left the meeting early and that is also why he did not attend meetings as frequently as others. It is not about Mahathir alone, but because Azmin was not given any chance and room to express himself.

“Those who are anti-Azmin are behind the idea to support Mahathir as the next PM because they want to stop Azmin from going to the next level,” he claimed.

Pure slander

Mahathir loyalist Khairuddin Abu Hassan denied that Mahathir’s candidacy had created a rift between Azmin and the former prime minister.

Khairuddin said there was no reason for Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, to be in a hurry to become prime minister.

“Azmin is a very disciplined man. To say that he is angry with Tun because of the post is not true. It is pure slander.

“Azmin is so focused on politics and there’s no need to rush as he is on the right track to be the leader one day,” he told Berita Daily.