With all the legal troubles dogging Anwar — including an appeal against his second sodomy acquittal to be heard next month that could send the opposition chief back to jail — the spotlight has naturally fallen on his protégé, Azmin, to steer the PKR-DAP-PAS pact forward and keep the fragile six-year alliance from internal combustion.

The 50-year-old is seen to be among the few PR leaders who enjoys a healthy working relationship with the top leaders in the three component parties, especially the president of its Islamist partner PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang; and that, to political analyst Faizal Hazis, could prove beneficial to the PKR deputy president.

“Somehow Azmin has the ears of Hadi and some of conservatives,” the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak professor told Malay Mail Online.

“If he manages to ensure that PAS toes the line, to agree on a common Pakatan agenda, he can lead the pact,” he said.

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Setakat beberapa hari jadi MB Selangor ini, ana memang nampak Azmin ada potensi untuk meneruskan perjuangan Anwar. Sama macam Anwar juga, nampak Azmin selesa nak bergerak di masjid/surau – melalui tazkirah dan sebagainya. Nampak sangat hebat.
Dalam pertemuan ana dengan rakan-rakan Pas di Selangor, mereka juga dapat rasa semangat Islam di dalam jiwa Azmin. Makna kata, Anwar dah latih Azmin dengan baik. Bacaan Al-Quran pun baik. Malahan, kalau Azmin azan…ramai yang menitikkan air mata. Merdu suara dia.
Kalau inilah kemampuan Azmin, kita boleh simpan kes aiskirim dia dulu. Tak penting. Azmin dah berubah banyak. Ini yang kita mahu.
Mudah kalau Pas nak bekerjasama dengan orang macam ini. Ada semangat Islam dan kemampuan yang bagus.
Hidup Azmin! Jangan risau pasal Pas. Kami ada belakang. Tak main belakang. Tapi kami ada belakang.