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Anwar Ibrahim eligible to become PM – Hadi Awang

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KUALA LUMPUR – PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has announced that he has no intention of becoming prime minister should Pakatan Rakyat take over Putrajaya in the next general election.

Although he is eligible for the top post, other matters will require his attention, he explained in an interview with Chinese newspaper Oriental Daily News.

Hadi said PAS requires any candidate for PM to meet two criteria – the individual must be a Muslim and must have the support of the majority of the people.

On this basis, he said PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would be among those eligible to become PM.

“We can accept Anwar as a candidate for PM, but we would also accept other leaders who have the support of the majority of (Malaysians),” he was quoted as saying.

On the requirement that a Pakatan-appointed PM must enjoy majority support from Muslims, Hadi noted that the political reality is that Malay-Muslims make up the backbone of the voting population.

Following the decision of PAS

On his political prospects, Hadi said he has changed his previous decision of not contesting in the next general election after receiving feedback from party leaders, grassroot members and Pakatan leaders.

“I can only follow the decision of PAS that I should continue to contest,” he said, adding that the party will decide whether he will contest at state level, parliamentary level or both.

Early this year, Hadi had repeatedly announced that he would not seek re-election in the next general polls as he preferred to be fully focused on party affairs.

Touching on the successor for long-time Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Hadi said the party already has three or four Kelantan leaders who can succeed the party spiritual leader who is more popularly known as Tok Guru.

“I will listen to the feedback from the Kelantanese. I can’t force them (to accept the MB candidate),” he added. – Malaysian Digest