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Difficult to work with Dr M, but it must be done, says Wan Azizah

KUALA LUMPUR — It is difficult to work with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, but it has to be done for the country’s future, said Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Difficult to work with Dr M, but it must be done, says Wan Azizah

Dr Wan Azizah said that Dr Mahathir, now the leader of the opposition Pakatan Harapan pact, listened to everyone’s views. Photo: Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR — It is difficult to work with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, but it has to be done for the country’s future, said Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), who is the wife of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, said things had not been easy for the family since Anwar was imprisoned in 1998, but stressed that change was needed.

“He (Dr Mahathir) listens. Maybe he is a bit difficult (to work with), but we have to work things out for the country’s future,” she said during a Facebook Live session with The Malaysian Insight on Thursday (Jan 18).

She added that Dr Mahathir, now the leader of the opposition Pakatan Harapan pact, listened to everyone’s views.

At a Pakatan Harapan convention earlier this month, the coalition announced that its chairman, Dr Mahathir, would be prime minister and Dr Wan Azizah his deputy if it won the 14th general election and formed the federal government.

At the convention, Dr Mahathir thanked Anwar and his family for accepting him and allowing him to lead the opposition pact in GE14.

Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar, his deputy prime minister and finance minister, on September 2, 1998, and subsequently, as deputy president of the ruling United Malays National Organisation.

On April 14, 1999, Anwar was found guilty of four counts of corruption for interfering in police’s investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct, and sentenced to six years’ jail by the high court.

On September 2, 2004, the PKR de facto leader was freed after almost six years in prison when the Federal Court allowed his appeal against his conviction for sodomy.

Dr Mahathir’s wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, was seen in tears as she listened to her husband’s speech at the PH convention.

Dr Wan Azizah said Dr Siti Hasmah was perhaps touched by the support given to her husband by the people.

“It’s not an easy task for someone of that age. Maybe he (Dr Mahathir) also feels like he has to go through it again.

“It’s not easy when you were in power, and now, you’re in the opposition.” – January 18, 2018.

Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Thursday today denied her nomination as DPM was to “keep the seat warm” for Anwar, due to be released from jail in June for his second conviction for sodomy.

Such gender discrimination, she said, did not bother her.

“Im not a seat warmer. A seat warmer is like a hot water bottle. I think I’m more than that,” she said.

“Discrimination, it doesn’t really bother me that much,” she said.

On whether the opposition would put many women in Parliament if it won the elections, she sad more female representation would be good.

“We have to be realistic… if women candidates (are) better then we should go with it.” THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

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