Hadi’s statement about US Ambassador during the 13GE campaign most intriguing, both in content and timing

There has been a lot of publicity and attention on who will be the Prime Minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the 14th General Election.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate for Prime Minister is Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

However, as Anwar is in jail and suffer the five-year disenfranchisement from holding public office on his release from imprisonment next year until he is pardoned, Anwar can only be the eighth Prime Minister and not the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Who will be Malaysia’s seventh Prime Minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the 14th General Election will be decided by consensus of Pakatan Harapan parties when Pakatan Harapan wins the 14GE, as the focus of all Pakatan Harapan parties at present should be single-mindedly how to ensure that the UMNO-BN coalition can be defeated and replaced in the next general election.

I am however very intrigued by a Facebook posting by the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang last week of his meeting with the US Ambassador during the 13th General Election, when he was asked who would PAS support as prime minister if the opposition bloc wins the general election.

Hadi recounted how he avoided giving an answer by asking back “who is the candidate agreed to by the US?”, at which both parties laughed and the subject was not pursued.

This is quite a revelation and confirms that although Anwar was the Pakatan Rakyat Prime Minister-designate and introduced openly at the 14th GE Pakatan Rakyat (PR) election rallies as the PR Prime Minister-designate, Hadi and his lieutenants had other thoughts as indicated by his recollection of his meeting with the US Ambassador during the 13GE campaign.

Hadi’s Facebook posting, both the contents and the timing, are news to be and most intriguing.

Before the 13th GE, Hadi had once suggested that Anwar should be replaced as the PR Prime Minister-designate, but this was rejected by DAP.

Who is Hadi’s choice as the Prime Minister of Malaysia after the 14th General Election?

I think this is a question which does not require much mental effort to answer.

Lim Kit Siang DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Gelang Patah