SHAH ALAM: Selangor PKR was allegedly kept in the dark over the state Pakatan Harapan’s decision to support Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate.
Its communications bureau chief Nor Hizwan Ahmad said Wednesday’s joint statement by DAP, Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) was not issued through the proper channels.
“We take it that the statement issued was the view of the three component parties because it did not go through the Selangor Pakatan Harapan leadership headed by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali,” he said in a statement today.
Azmin is Selangor Menteri Besar and PKR deputy president. He is also Selangor Pakatan Harapan chairman.
Hizwan, however, said Selangor PKR respected the three parties’ decision to express their opinion on the matter.
“This is nothing new. This is just their reiteration of the issue.
“It is their parties’ opinion and we do not dictate nor impose our opinion on them,” he told the New Straits Times when contacted.
On Wednesday, the chairmen of Selangor DAP, PAN and PPBM signed a statement stating their full support to all of Pakatan Harapan’s declarations on Sunday.
One of the declarations included the naming of Dr Mahathir as Pakatan Harapan’s pick for prime minister and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as his deputy.
Following the declaration, Selangor PKR issued a strongly worded statement voicing their dismay over Dr Mahathir’s selection.