Malaysia

Tonight’s the night, says PKR whip on Pakatan presidential council meeting

PUTRAJAYA: As anticipation intensifies on Pakatan Harapan’s first presidential council meeting this year, PKR parliamentary whip Datuk Johari Abdul (pic) has alluded that the outcome of the meeting could be a pivotal moment for the coalition.

“Tonight is the night," he told reporters when met at Wisma Putra after attending a Pakatan secretariat council meeting on Friday (Feb 21) evening.

Johari said the leadership transition matter should not be an issue when it is deliberated by leaders in the Pakatan presidential council meeting on Friday night.

“I know our leaders are seasoned players and we have gone through so many hurdles... In fact, when we beat Barisan Nasional, we did it in style and the people were happy.

“Of course, now we are talking about the leadership (transition issue) and I think it is not a big challenge. I think we are mature enough to handle this."

Johari, who appeared in high spirits, also gave an analogy of the weather in an apparent reference to the presidential council meeting.

“For tonight, the sky doesn’t look very good. But every cloud has a silver lining," he said.

Following much talk on the power transition in the past week, this meeting will be closely watched to see if Pakatan will actually set a date for Dr Mahathir to step down as Prime Minister.

Those spotted attending the Pakatan secretariat council meeting include Datuk Osman Sapian, Parti Amanah Negara secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli, Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari, Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Rasah MP Cha Kee Chin.