PKR’s cabinet structure exposed

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KUALA LUMPUR  –  Another possible Pakatan Rakyat ‘shadow cabinet’ has emerged online, with some surprises that are sure to prompt questions for PR leaders.

In the blog Apanama, journalist Firdaus Abdullah highlighted a poster which purportedly shows a list of Cabinet positions to be held by members of PR’s coalition parties in the event of a PR victory in the upcoming general election.

The poster – which bears the slogan ‘Change now, save Malaysia!’ – shows opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the post of Prime Minister, with three Deputy Prime Ministers: Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang of Pas, Lim Guan Eng of DAP, and Baru Bian of PKR.

Of 28 Minister posts, 12 would be filled by PKR politicians, including Anwar’s wife Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and their daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar. Pas and the DAP would get nine and seven Minister positions, respectively.

Notably absent from the list are Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat of Pas and the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh.

“These are the confirmed election candidates for DAP, PKR and Pas … guess the rest could start fighting for their survival in Pakatan politics,” Apanama wrote, suggesting there could be as much controversy over names which do not appear on the poster as over those which do.

There has been previous speculation about a possible PR shadow cabinet, including last June when Free Malaysia Today writer Selena Tay produced a list based on a conversation with an opposition MP and her own observations.

Rampant speculation subsequently led to a warning from a senior Pas leader that members of parties in the coalition should refrain from openly speculating about the possible composition of a PR cabinet, which bloggers said was proof PR could not reach a consensus on the make-up of their cabinet and would not be able to run the country.