PKR president Anwar Ibrahim says he is leaving it to the former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to state his stance in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition after the leader made a statement that he would not cast a vote of no confidence in the new Perikatan Nasional government.
Anwar said Mahathir could change his mind on the matter, however, the coalition wished him to be consistent with Pakatan Harapan’s struggle.
He also said he did not know if Mahathir is still committed to Pakatan Harapan.
“So far we know that PH is made up of DAP, PKR and Amanah. PPBM has left Pakatan Harapan.
“We will continue to speak to Mahathir,” he said.
Yesterday, PKR leader Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad called on all Pakatan Harapan leaders to be firm on their stance against the new government led by the Muhyiddin Yassin, Perikatan Nasional.
This comes after Mahathir in an interview with the Sinar Harian daily said that he may not have a majority to challenge Muhyiddin’s appointment in the Parliament and that the Perikatan Nasional government may be able to survive until the next 15th general election (GE15).
In the interview, Mahathir also claimed that Malays do not support Anwar because they are afraid of his liberal philosophy in politics.
Commenting on the allegation, Anwar said Mahathir may reject it as a national leader, but the Malays do not necessarily do so.
He said that until now, it is proven that still receive the support of the people when he won a by-election in Port Dickson which is Malay-majority constituency.
Meanwhile, when asked if he would continue to be inspired to become prime minister or not, Anwar said the matter was not important.
He said he would use his ability and wisdom to strengthen and rebuild the party he had allegedly had been betrayed.
“I stick to this principle. The mandate of the people has to continue. I know I was promised (a position) but I was betrayed,” he said.
7th March 2020 10:50
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