The person aspiring to take on Najib Abdul Razak for the Pekan parliamentary seat must prove the ability to "cripple" the prime minister politically, said PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.
Rafizi said this when responding to a recent announcement that former PKR Youth chief Ezam Mohd Nor intends to contest in Pekan.
"If Ezam wishes to contest against Najib, he must be a person who hits Najib the hardest, until (the latter is) crippled.
"I welcome anyone who wants to cripple Najib (politically) and leave him reeling in Pekan," Rafizi told reporters at the sidelines of a Pakatan Harapan event in Shah Alam today.
Ezam and former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chairperson Khairuddin Abu Bakar have announced that they are teaming up to form a new party and that Pekan was in their sights.
Najib has held the seat for nine terms since 1976, winning each election with massive majorities, except in 1999.
Whether or not Ezam will get to go one-on-one with Najib will be up to the opposition leadership to decide, and Ezam cannot decide unilateraly, Rafizi said.
Meanwhile, Bersatu central committee member Abdul Kadir Jasin said the Pekan seat should be viewed as a platform to take down Najib, rather than just an avenue for individuals to express their anger.
"The way to take him (Najib) down is for only one person (to contest).
"Ideally the strongest candidate should contest and not many candidates who contest just to express their anger," he said.- Mkini