LANGKAWI: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wanted to be the deputy prime minister if Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was re-appointed as the nation’s eighth Prime Minister.
The 94-year-old Former Prime Minister revealed today that the coalition of PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara, and some segments of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) had nominated him for the post of prime minister, but they proposed Anwar as the deputy prime minister.
Mahathir said he rejected the request, preferring for his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to continue as the deputy prime minister.
Mahathir added that several quarters were unhappy with Anwar as a leader. They told him that Anwar lack administrative leadership skills.
“Anwar is more in tune with politicking rather than as an administrator,“ Mahathir was quoted by the Sun Daily as saying when briefing the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Langkawi division at the Langkawi Lagoon Resort here, as repirted by the Sun Daily.
Commenting on Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Mahathir said the eighth prime minister would find a lot of difficulties dealing with hardline parties.
“Muhyiddin is riding a tiger. If he gets off it, he would probably be eaten, so he has to continue riding it no matter how uncomfortable it is,“ he said.