"The intention of PAS to make its President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as Prime Minister should the opposition pact win the general election shows that they are squabbling among themselves.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad quipped that the post should be given to DAP chairman Karpal Singh instead.
"Even before forming the government, they are already squabbling, later (if) they form the government not only Hadi, Anwar (Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) and even Karpal Singh too would want to be PM.
"Just give it to him. (It's) tough, he has struggled too long...should give Karpal Singh (to be) Malaysia's Prime Minister, yang amat berhormat...upon retiring he becomes a Tun," he told reporters after launching the Gaza Emergency Fund, here today..."
"JUST GIVE IT TO HIM" - Dr. M says Karpal should be PM
I was watching the television news when Tun was interviewed. I found his statement nauseating simply because we all know he had been PM of Malaysia for 22 years out of 55. For someone who got the post because he was considered Malay enough to be acceptable as PM, I would expect him to be ever so grateful instead of being jealous of others being considered for the post of PM.
Though some people have considered such disagreement among Pakatan leaders as 'counting the chickens before they are hatched', I still believe it was the intention of BN leaders (past and present) to create animosity among Pakatan leaders, using the mainstream media under their control. On the one hand, Pakatan has been accused of not having a Shadow Cabinet, on the other, any hint or suggestion of who should be PM if and when they won the next GE was played up to the hilt.
I believe Karpal Singh is sensible enough not to harbour any ambition or hope of becoming PM of Malaysia, knowing how impossible it is. Similarly, I do not take seriously any suggestion of Lim Guan Eng having similar ambition. Just being CM of Penang has brought out the worst from political opponents jealous of his unprecedented success, after a jail sentence. Do you think he would wish for further harassment? A Chinese PM? Not in another 300 years! I believe Hadi Awang was not serious when he said he liked the idea of being PM, more a jestful reaction to questions posed deliberately by reporters.