LAST_UPDATEMon, 19 Mar 2018 2am

Infighting Will Continue Within Pakatan Even After Winning Polls, Says Noh Omar

KUALA SELANGOR: Power struggle within Pakatan Harapan component parties will continue even if the pact wins the general elections, said Tan Sri Noh Omar.

The Selangor Barisan Nasional chairman said this was because the opposition pact has a number of ambitious leaders, whom he claimed were only concerned about securing positions for themselves and their family members.

"If their plan materialises, Malaysia will break a new record of having a husband and wife as the prime minister and deputy prime minister. (With the) husband as the PM, wife the DPM, next, their offspring will be the secretary.

"All within the family. Look at the DAP, father and son fighting for posts in the party. There's more in PKR, with the father, mother and daughter, while in PPBM (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia), we have a father and son running important posts in the same party.

"Their struggle is mainly to fight for their family," Noh told reporters after launching Umno Bantu Rakyat 2.0 programme in Tanjong Karang, this afternoon.

He was commenting Pakatan Harapan's recent announcement during their convention last week, where Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was named as Pakatan's PM-elect and Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail his deputy.

Noh said Pakatan leaders were united now merely to face BN in the 14th General Election.

"They are willing to cast aside their individual parties' political stands to quench their thirst for power," he said.

When asked to comment on PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who seemed to have disagreement over Dr Mahathir's nomination, Noh claimed that Azmin appeared to be someone with high political ambition and would go all out to get what he wants.

"Azmin should have been the Selangor Menteri Besar since they (opposition) won Selangor in 2008, but the post was given to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim despite Azmin being the number two in PKR. Khalid was only PKR treasurer.

"It is not impossible that the infighting will continue, with Azmin thinking that he is fit to hold (higher) position but his own party does not trust him."

During Pakatan convention last Sunday, Azmin did not join other Pakatan top leaders in a photo session held after Dr Mahathir was announced as their candidate for PM.

A few days later, Azmin made another controversy when he tweeted "Sandiwara kelas pertama. Kah kah kah" believed to be in reference to the failed attempt by Dr Mahathir to meet PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital.

Selangor PKR, which is headed by Azmin, had also issued a statement voicing their dismay over Pakatan's choice for their PM-elect.