BUTTERWORTH: Anwar Ibrahim said that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be given the space to determine the best person to be a mediator in peace talks in Southern Thailand after the controversial appointment of a former police inspector general.
The PKR president did not deny that the appointment of Abdul Rahim Noor would not please some parties, especially those who remembered what he did during his tenure as the top agent of the country.
"I know that some people find this a personal issue, but we have to give Tun Mahathir some room as prime minister to determine what is best.
"In this respect, it's not just about Anwar's case," he said, referring to the time that the former IGP gave him a black eye in prison in 1998.
Rahim, who served as IGP from 1994 to 1999, faced Anwar on 20 September 1998.
Anwar spoke with reporters after leading the general annual meeting of the Penang office here today.
Anwar said this when he was asked to comment on the statement of his daughter Nurul Izzah, who is also Permatang Pauh MP and criticizes the appointment of Rahim.
Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR Vice President, recently described Abdul Rahim as a "cheeky adherent of an innocent man" on Twitter.
Rahim replaces Ahmad Zamzamin Hashim as the new facilitator for the peace process in southern Thailand between the Thai government and Mara Patani, an umbrella organization representing militant groups in southern Thailand.
Earlier in his speech, Anwar called on the PKR leaders, especially those involved in the elections, to return to the right path and not to be involved in corruption and abuse of power.
"I want to emphasize that our situation is different from the time we formed the party, and now we are the party that rules and is the strongest party in parliament," he said.
Anwar said that the economic agenda should now be changed and that its growth would be further encouraged to benefit people.