Anwar’s move to contest for PKR presidency timely: Analyst

PETALING JAYA: The announcement by PKR de facto leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest the party presidency is timely and would help further project a positive image and branding for the party.

President of the Institute for Public Leadership, Datuk Mohd Radzi Abd Latif said most importantly, Anwar's services as the party president was most needed to rebut political attacks from Umno, PAS and MCA which are trying to undermine the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the PH government.

“The PH top leadership, especially Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali are now very busy with their respective duties in Cabinet.

“The mess left behind by the Barisan Nasional is massive and they both need to be fully focused on helping the prime minister clear the mess and deliver on all PH promises.

“This leaves them very little time to manage party affairs,” he said in a statement.

Now that Anwar has undergone successful surgery and would soon be back to normal, Mohd Radzi said his decision to assume the post of president would augur well for the party.

“Anwar can focus on helping PKR grow further in terms of membership and also provide him the locus standi he needs to challenge statements made by Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong against PH and the government.

“This would give the others in PH room to focus on their work to bring Malaysia back to being a highly respected and admired nation as was the case during the previous tenure of Mahathir as prime minister,” he added.

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