Anwar: No reason to doubt Pakatan's agreement to make me 8th PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has once again dismissed conspiracies to stall his bid to become the eight prime minister, declaring that he has no reason to doubt the agreement made by Pakatan Harapan coalition parties.

Anwar was responding to Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who claimed that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia was attempting to court Umno members as a ploy to thwart the former's bid to succeed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the next prime minister.

"I thank him for being concerned over our agreement. I never thought about this before. But these are all just interpretations from the media.

"Those that believe there is a larger intrigue, a conspiracy that was repeated from 1998," he added, alluding to his sacking as deputy prime minister by Dr Mahathir, who was then the fourth prime minister of a Barisan Nasional government.

"I have no reasons to doubt Pakatan's agreement among friends," he said to reporters when met at the Parliament lobby on Monday (Oct 29).

Anwar was referring to the agreement made by the parties in the Pakatan coalition that Dr Mahathir would step down as prime minister to make way for him in due course.

At the same time, Anwar also acknowledged that there are certain quarters with vested interests trying to create a wedge between him and Dr Mahathir, his former nemesis.

"That's of course useless. Because, the PM has made it clear in his statement and speeches, which is to me, very reassuring – that he wants total confidence among our leaders.

"Reform would only be effective and meaningful with the entire leadership wanting to fight corruption. If we have that sort of consensus in our leadership and commitment, then that would be very effective," he said.

"But, if they start sliding, then we will face a problem," he added.

Anwar, who is PKR president-elect, also dismissed as a rumour Bersatu supreme council member Datuk A. Kadir Jasin's claim that 40 Umno MPs are expected to cross over to the party.

However, he stressed that if any Umno MP decided to jump ship, such a decision must be deliberated among top party leaders.

The Port Dickson MP also acknowledged that it would not be fair to Malaysians who voted for Pakatan in the May 9 polls, but stressed that Malaysia is a democratic country.

"This is a democratic country. So I think there should be an option. But, I think we need to discuss the parameters and look at the issues and principles involved.

"Whether do we compromise on principles or anyone, these are issues that we should discuss," he said.

The issue of Umno MPs crossing over to Pakatan is expected to be discussed among top party leaders at its presidential council this Saturday (Nov 3).

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim