Social media users have flayed Pakatan Harapan for being fixated on naming PKR President, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as leader of the coalition.
In a statement released on Monday, the PH Presidential Council said that it had met and decided to name Anwar as the coalition’s leader for the coming General Election.
The statement which was signed off by PKR’s Anwar, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng and Amanah’s Mohamad Sabu added that that it will continue to be open for cooperation under the ‘Big Tent’ approach.
This comes after Anwar’s recent narrow defeat in the race to become the country’s premier.
He had on numerous occassions in the past claimed to have the numbers of become Prime Minister.
His infamous ‘strong, formidable and convincing majority’ proclamation in September 2020 had also become a subject of internet trolls who dubbed him the ‘forever PM-in-waiting’.
A quick check at Malaysiakini’s Facebook regarding the statement found that PH supporters have voiced their displeasure.
It should be noted here that the bulk of Malaysiakini’s subscribers are PH supporters.
A person by the name of Max Kho who is from Kuching, Sarawak expressed that he will not vote PH if the coalition continues to stick with Anwar.
Meanwhile, another user by the name of Wilson who is from Penang, expressed that two of the top PH leaders should resign, in order for PH to unite.
The two leaders Wilson was referring to were Guan Eng and Anwar.
Apart from Max and Wilson, YS Yeng who is also from Penang noted that PH should rejuvenate it’s top leaders.
He said that the younger leaders should be allowed to step up with a new direction, unless PH plans to remain as Opposition.
His comment received the most ‘likes’ from other social users.
Another user by the name of Kobrick Chan also questioned PH’s decision.
He said, it is unlikely people will continue to believe that Anwar could lead PH to victory in the coming General Election.
Aminuddin, a Kuala Terengganu-born user currently based in Kuala Lumpur was also sceptical of Anwar’s ability.
He said that PH’s disunity is two-factored. The first is due to PH’s inability to name a PM candidate, whereas the second was due to Anwar’s personal ambitions.
Apart from Malaysiakini’s report, Free Malaysia Today also carried the statement.
In the comments section, a user by the name of Sunny Marc who is from Penang, said that Anwar is no longer relevant.
He added that PH would remain as Opposition, if it were to continue to banking on Anwar.
His comment received the most ‘likes’.
Echoing the disagreement to Anwar being PH leader were AJ Main, Moh Lim and Samy Muthu.
AJ Main who is from Johor Bahru, Johor, said that Anwar is a terrible leader for failing to unite his own party.
Moh Lim meanwhile, proposed for an alternative leader and threw his support behind Warisan’s Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal.
Samy Muthu, from Sungai Siput, Perak was displeased and felt that Anwar was too obsessed at being PM.
Apart from Shafie, another name put forward was Rafizi Ramli.
Joe Smiley said that he preferred Rafizi as the chief of PH, and his suggestion was supported by 8 other social media users.