Own up on DPM ambitions, says PM's aide

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister's press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad has called on DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang (pix) to acknowledge his ambitions to be the deputy prime minister and finance minister should Pakatan Harapan win the 14th General Election.

In a statement today, Tengku Sariffuddin said it is crucial and timely for Lim to explain himself as Malaysians needed to know whether he will assume the posts.

"We cannot ignore the fact that DAP is the party with the biggest number of Parliamentary seats in the Pakatan alliance and therefore, in reality, has the dominant leadership position within it

"He must tell the people whether it is his political ambition to be the Deputy Prime Minister, as confessed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Jan 19," he said.

As such Tengku Sariffuddin said that Lim's recent overtures to PAS was due to the need for the Islamic party to endorse his ambitions.

"If it is otherwise, then Lim should make a statutory declaration, as former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim suggested, stating that he will refuse the posts.‎

"It is the people's right to know the truth of his limitless political ambitions so they can make an informed choice before voting," he said.

Tengku's response came after Dr Mahathir had reportedly said that DAP had asked for the Deputy Prime Minister's post but later corrected himself and said it was MCA which had asked for it.