KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — 93-year-old Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is Pakatan Harapan’s best option for prime minister should they win the 14th general election, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said today.
“If we are able to convince the rakyat to accept a 93-year-old (as the PM candidate), why not? We (Harapan) are democratic.
“We are not here to force the people to accept (Mahathir) but we are offering (as) this is the best option we can offer,” news portal Malaysiakini quoted the Selangor mentri besar as saying.
The PKR deputy president was reportedly responding to questions on PH’s decision to nominate a nonagenarian amid calls for younger leaders like him to be PM candidate.
“Why are you dictating us? I’m not that young (as well), I’m 53.
“My point is that these are just proposals by Harapan,” Azmin stressed, saying that voters should also look at PH’s other declarations as well.
The opposition’s declarations include the announcement of PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister candidate, which Selangor PKR has said it will not endorse.
A few young activists recently mooted Azmin, who is also Selangor PH chairman as their choice for prime minister ahead of the 14th general elections this year.