No truth to alliance talks, says Anwar

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  • Thursday, 27 Sep 2018

Packed schedule: Anwar arriving to meet party members in Kuala Terengganu. — Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim rubbished talks of an “alliance” between Umno and PKR after the former decided to boycott the Port Dickson by-election.

“This is a conspiracy theory and an attempt to embarrass me,” said Anwar who will be contesting in the Oct 13 poll.

The PKR president-elect was responding to political observer Bridget Welsh who said Umno’s move had fuelled talks of factions within Umno, PKR and PAS forming an alliance in the future.

Welsh, who teaches at the John Cabot University in Rome, reportedly said in an interview with BFM that Umno wished to be on good terms with Anwar to “facilitate the deal-making elitist pact to power”.

However, Anwar said that there were no discussions of that nature with Umno.

“They have their reasons (to not contest) but there are many other candidates offering themselves,” he said.

Anwar, who was in Kuala Terengganu to meet with party members, said Umno made its own assessment on whether it should contest in the by-election but decided instead to prioritise efforts to consolidate the party.

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