Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be Malaysia’s next prime minister if the opposition claims Putrajaya the next federal polls, members of PAS splinter group Harapan Baru (HB) said, joining ally DAP in endorsing the jailed PKR leader for the post.

The leaders admitted that the matter has not been formally deliberated but said there has never been any doubt among them that Anwar is the only leader capable of uniting the opposition.

“HB has no problem with the suggestion, we feel he is a deserving candidate who can inject new hope, politically,” Parit Buntar MP Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa told Malay Mail Online over phone when contacted for comment on the nomination of Anwar as the PM-designate.

He cited Anwar’s track record, pointing out that the leader had successfully led Pakatan Rakyat (PR) for many years before he was sent to prison earlier this year for sodomy.

Mujahid acknowledged the demise of PR, however, but said that the opposition front was merely suffering a “minor hiccup”.

On Monday, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said in a statement that the soon-to-be-formed opposition coalition to replace PR will name Anwar as its PM-designate.

The pact that some have dubbed “Pakatan 2.0” and “Harapan Rakyat” is expected to comprise PKR, DAP and HB, which is expected to register next month as a political entity; other potential components have not been ruled out either.

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Pusing punya pusing, orang yang sama juga dimahukan jadi Perdana Menteri. Ana tak pelik langsung dengan puak ini, memang itupun yang mereka mahu selama ini. Pada mereka, Presiden PAS ini tak layak jadi PM. Layak jadi pak pacak sahaja. Maka, penjenayah jugalah yang dimahukan jadi PM.
Soalnya, Islamik ke kita nak berketua-kan penjenayah ni? Apa pandangan hukum? Halal? Boleh? Asbab?
Pada ana, kalau inilah yang diperjuangkan, rasanya tak relevan dah perjuangan GHB ni. Nampak sangat. Kalau macam itu, elok dulu lagi masuk PKR. Apa ke jadahnya duduk dalam Pas? Menang dengan lambang Pas? Makan duit Pas? Hisap segala madu yang Pas beri?
Tidak ada keberkatan berjuang untuk penjenayah. Percayalah.
Ana cabar sangat GHB bertanding di kawasan Melayu. Tengok sejauh mana kuatnya mereka.
Jangan cakap sahaja. Lawan. Baru tahu langit tinggi ke rendah.