KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 — Selangor PKR rejected today Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) nomination of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister candidate.
Selangor PKR communications head Hizwan Ahmad said that with his party’s track record in governing Selangor, whose mentri besar is PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, it was strange that the coalition did not select its PM-elect from PKR.
“The Selangor government is proof that PKR can bring about change in the administration, championing peace and prosperity.
“We find it odd that despite our long fight together and our proven extraordinary records, the party was unable to select our own leader as the prime minister candidate,” he said.
A few young activists recently mooted Azmin, who is also Selangor PH chairman, at a forum last Friday as their choice for prime minister ahead of the 14th general elections this year.
Hizwan said Malaysian youths wanted a new and fresh-faced leader to steer the country into the right direction.
He said as Malaysia enters a new era, a far-sighted and effective mind is needed to help the country progress.
“Millennials certainly want to see a fresh character, rich in farsightedness and effective to bring the country out of the catastrophic damages induced by the Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership,” he said.
“Total reform must be enforced in all respects — in the country’s systems, policies, administrators and its administration.”
He said that although Selangor PKR did not agree with former prime minister and current Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman Dr Mahathir as PH’s prime minister-elect, they still respected the decision of PH’s highest leadership and vowed to continue their fight against BN in the upcoming election.