Anwar to discuss policies when he becomes PM

Political observers have argued that the PKR president’s response on the matter is rather ambiguous

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PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he will only deliberate whether to continue with Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) policies when he becomes the prime minister (PM).

He told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) that now is not the right time for him to speak about it.

“I will discuss and see this later,” Anwar told TMR at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

He was asked to comment on whether he would maintain the policies implemented by the PH coalition so far when he assumes the premiership.

Last week, Anwar said he would abide by PH policies as he is a part of the coalition.

He said this in response to reports of investors’ concerns that political instability and uncertainties in policies would hamper economic growth.

Political observers have argued that Anwar’s response on this is rather ambiguous — which could indicate that the government’s policies might change if Anwar takes over the government.

A news report by Free Malaysia Today quoted Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs CEO Ali Salman as saying that Anwar has the right to remain silent on policy matters until he has the executive power.

It has been reported so far that there is no specific timeline for Anwar to succeed Dr Mahathir.

Meanwhile, when asked about his purported Cabinet line-up which recently made its rounds on social media including WhatsApp, Anwar dismissed it as a “clear hoax”.

“It is a clear hoax. I have never discussed (this) with anyone because I think it is improper and I have never even assumed the premiership,” he told TMR.

The circulated Cabinet line-up showed that Anwar would become the PM and finance minister, while Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi of Barisan Nasional would be the deputy PM.

According to the line-up, current Cabinet ministers such as Lim Guan Eng would be appointed as the second finance minister, while Mohamad Sabu retains his post as defence minister.

Missing in the “Cabinet list” are representatives from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and some PKR leaders who are closely associated with Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s camp.

Even PKR leader Rafizi Ramli was listed as the deputy finance minister.

Earlier this year, Anwar said he expects to be the Malaysian PM in no more than two years’ time.

Following years of imprisonment, Anwar made his comeback in politics on Oct 12 last year, when he was sworn in as a lawmaker.

He has been described as the PM-in-waiting, succeeding Dr Mahathir — who two decades ago had booted him from the Cabinet over sodomy and corruption allegations.