Left Menu
Development News Edition

Malaysia's ruling party makes fresh push for Anwar to take over as PM


Malaysia's ruling party makes fresh push for Anwar to take over as PM
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Leaders of Malaysia's ruling party on Sunday renewed a push for Anwar Ibrahim to lead the country, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad dithers on the timing of the planned power transition he had promised to his former rival-turned-ally.

Mahathir, elected to power in May 2018, had promised to hand over the reins to Anwar, 72, soon after laying the groundwork for a new administration. But Mahathir has said he may need more time to repair the damage left by the scandal-tainted government of his predecessor, Najib Razak, while Anwar grapples with deep-seated factionalism within his own People's Justice Party (PKR), the largest member of the ruling coalition.

"As far as I am concerned there has been clarity (that it will happen), except for the time," Anwar told a news conference after PKR's annual congress in Malacca, about 150 km from the country's capital Kuala Lumpur. "But let us work out an acceptable formula so that the transition is smooth and orderly."

Hundreds of delegates were seen holding "Anwar PM-8" placards at Sunday's congress, a year after he was elected the party's president. PKR was formed 20 years ago to carry on Anwar's reform agenda after he was first jailed on what he has said were trumped-up charges of corruption and sodomy. Anwar, who would be the country's eighth premier should he take power, has been jailed twice, receiving a second sodomy conviction in 2015. He was granted a royal pardon last May.

Last week, Anwar denied fresh allegations that he had sexually assaulted a former male aide, describing the accusation as "politics at its worst". "This is not an ordinary annual conference. It is an important platform for Anwar to legitimize his position as the successor to Mahathir," said Adib Zalkapli, a Malaysia director with political risk consultancy Bower Group Asia.

"He won the party leadership last year. This year, Anwar has to show that he is still in control of the party." But on Saturday, Anwar's party deputy and perceived rival, Azmin Ali, led a walkout after delegates hit out at the president's critics for allegedly trying to destabilize the party and challenge Anwar.

Azmin denied it was a boycott of the three-day meeting, insisting that their message was for the party to focus on governance and not be hung up on the power transition. "When the people voted us in, the people wanted us to reform...that should be the focus of the new government," Azmin told reporters.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

SDG2030: Challenges of technological applications in advancing Global Goals

Application of contemporary and future information technologies may go milestones in advancing sustainable development goals SDGs provided the challenges are overcome and implementation is ensured....

Sustainable Fashion: UNDP wants you to wear properly to reduce Global Warming 

The experts have estimated that the amount of water used to prepare one pair of jeans and a T shirt is sufficient for a person to drink for 13 years....

World Economic Forum suggests 8 Education Models for Future Schools

In a report released on January 14, the World Economic Forum WEF has also picked two examples for each model from throughout the world. The WEF has emphasized that these schools systems would be crucial for Forth Industrial Revolution.&#160...

Bitterness before US-China Trade Deal on Wednesday

Both the superpowers are going to sign Phase 1 of the US-China Trade Deal on Wednesday. The stock markets are hovering on all time high but the questions are being raised on sustainability of the deal as spat continue between them on severa...

Videos

Latest News

Huerter lifts Hawks over Spurs for second straight win

Kevin Huerter poured in the decisive 3-pointer with seven seconds to play and Trae Young scored 31 points as the visiting Atlanta Hawks rallied in the final two minutes to stun the host San Antonio Spurs 121-120 on Friday. The Spurs led by ...

Guardiola won't watch 'unstoppable' Liverpool face Man Utd

Pep Guardiola will not watch unstoppable Liverpools game with Manchester United this weekend because the gap between the Premier League leaders and his Manchester City side is too big. Guardiola insists his City players still deserve credit...

Late goals help Marseille into French Cup last 16

Marseille struck three times in the final 15 minutes to overcome fourth-tier Granville 3-0 in the last 32 of the French Cup on Friday. Alvaro Gonzalez, Nemanja Radonjic and Dimitri Payet all scored for Marseille after Granville were reduced...

Assam cabinet expansion, two new ministers sworn in

Sanjay Kishan and Jogen Mohan were on Saturday sworn in as ministers in Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowals ministry. Governor Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office and secrecy to the two new ministers at a simple ceremony in t...

Give Feedback