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PENANG (March 16, 2008): DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Engs says Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is needed in Parliament to become the alternative Prime Minister for Malaysia.
Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister , said DAP believes the most suitable person to be the alternative Prime Minister is Anwar.
"This is because all the Opposition parties fully supported him as the alternative Prime Minister and to do that he has to first win a seat in parliament," he said.
"We all hope that once his disqualification period ends on April 15, he will be able to take his rightful place in parliament by winning a parliamentary seat at the soonest possible time," he added.
DAP will also continue to foster a warm and close relationship with PKR in "our efforts to transform Malaysia into a healthy functioning democracy", he said.
On who will become the Opposition leader in parliament, Lim said it was yet to be decided amongst the three Opposition parties.
"For now the focus is mainly on the forming of the state governments in Selangor and Perak, so let us sort it all out first before we discuss about choosing a leader for parliament," he said.
An Opposition leader could only be chosen after a discussion and agreement amongst all of the Opposition members of parliament, he explained."This is because the Opposition now consist of three parties, not only one or two," he said.
On the level of cooperation between DAP and the other Opposition parties, PKR and PAS, Lim said this was also not fully decided yet.
"Again, we need to give priority to the formation of the Perak and Selangor state governments before we discuss to reach a consensus on it," he said.
Lim was speaking in at a press conference after delivering his opening address at the national leadership conference and DAP's 42nd anniversary celebrations in Red Rock Hotel here this morning.
Earlier, DAP life-time adviser Dr Cheng Man Hin told delegates to change their mindset and start working together with PKR and PAS.
He said it was important for DAP to work with PKR and PAS as it was proven that the strategy of having one-to-one fights in the just concluded elections was a good one.
"So we should maintain a friendly and cooperative relationship with the other two Opposition parties," he said in his speech. -- thesun
DAP wants Anwar as alternative PM: The DAP wants Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be the alternative prime minister and help transform Malaysia into becoming a healthy functioning democratic country. Its secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party chose Anwar because it believed that he was the most suitable person to complete the transformation.Asked why Anwar, Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, told reporters that the former deputy prime minister was the common choice."He is widely accepted by everyone in the Opposition,” he said. "We hope he is allowed to take his rightful place in Parliament the soonest possible," said Lim.Speaking at the one-day DAP national leadership convention, Lim urged party leaders and members not to rest on their laurels but must starting working as from now."Please remember that the national mission to transform Malaysia into a healthy functioning democracy is not yet won,” he said. "Only when there is political equality, equal economic opportunity, social justice, freedom from fear and corruption can this mission succeed. To do that, all members and leaders have to redouble their efforts to be a "friend" of the people to complete the national transformation of Malaysia.”Lim said the DAP would continue to work with its allies in the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and non-governmental organisations to complete the transformation. -- MORE, nstonline