BN leaders: Make Kit Siang opposition leader, PM candidate

PETALING JAYA: Make DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang the Pakatan Harapan leader and candidate for the prime minister post in the event of an opposition victory in the next general election, the opposition has been urged.

Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said current opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of PKR should make way for Lim considering DAP has the largest number of opposition seats in parliament.

"Lim said any Malaysian can be prime minister. I agree. For a start, he should immediately be opposition leader and head of Pakatan. Why hesitate? How to be prime minister when he is deprived of the opposition leader's post in parliament?

"(Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should be courageous enough to say that Lim should be the next prime minister should Pakatan win the GE. Stop pussyfooting around," he said in a series of tweets today.

Lim had, on Sunday, said it had never crossed his mind to be the prime minister.

DAP currently has 37 MPs, the largest among all opposition parties, and second only to Umno in Parliament.

Meanwhile, MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said Lim should now right DAP's wrongs and not play second fiddle to PKR or its president Wan Azizah, who he said had not shown any political leadership.

"DAP has shown twice that they had failed to lead the opposition by giving up the opposition leadership to PKR. This is despite DAP having the most senior and seasoned politician in Lim.

"One must further be reminded that DAP had surrendered the mentri besar post in Perak to PAS, thus elevating PAS' stature in the peninsular. This is despite DAP having the overwhelming majority of state seats in Perak," he said in a statement.

Ti, noting how DAP had previously condemned MCA "for working together with race-based parties" Umno and MIC, also called on DAP to expel PAS in the Selangor government and cut ties with Amanah and PPBM, which he said are also race and religion-based parties.