PORT DICKSON: It is of utmost importance that Pakatan Harapan (PH) wins the Port Dickson by-election by a bigger majority as compared to its result in the 14th General Election (GE14).
PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said this was because the by-election, which features Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as PH's candidate, carries more weight this time than it did previously.
This is due to Anwar's position as the prime minister-in-waiting, pending his return to parliament.
“The by-election is not about Anwar, but for PH. It is so crucial for us to ensure we secure a bigger majority in this polls because this is not a normal by-election.
“We want a strong mandate from the rakyat, so we can fulfil their aspirations,” he told reporters after attending a PH ceramah at mosque, here, last night.
Mohamed Azmin was asked to comment on how important it was for Anwar to achieve a bigger majority compared to his predecessor Datuk Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, who obtained a 17,710 majority votes in GE14.
On a call for PH to fix a proper date for the transition of prime ministership from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Anwar, Mohamed Azmin said what was most important is that there was already a consensus and agreement on the matter.
“The consensus now is that Anwar will take over as prime minister. The only thing now is for the coalition to decide a date deemed to be suitable for the transition.
“I believe the presidential council will sit down and discuss on the matter,” he said.
Former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim had previously told theSun that it was important that the PH government set a date for the transition of prime ministership to put to bed all uncertainty and “political attacks” against them.
He argued that an agreement for the transition would mean little if there was no particular date fixed for it, and that it would only create uncertainty among the public.