Anwar: Theories on Umno MPs quitting attempting to pit me against Dr M

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) said certain quarters were trying to create a rift in his ties with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by creating speculation about Umno MPs quitting the party.

The PKR president said the people who were spreading such conspiracy theories aimed to sow doubt and pit him against the Prime Minister.

"I continue to support the efforts and leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir and will continue to work with him to flesh out the agreed Reformasi agenda," Anwar said in a statement today (Dec 16).

He said Pakatan Harapan had been given a mandate to foster an administration that rejects corruption and narrow racial sentiments.

Anwar said Pakatan's focus was also to drive economic growth and reduce the burden faced by the people, especially the poor. 

Since GE14, a host of MPs from Umno have quit the party, either to join Pakatan Harapan coalition partners or to become independent. 

They include five MPs and nine assemblymen from Sabah Umno, and six MPs from the Peninsular last week.

Others who had earlier quit the party include former international trade minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, former Puteri Umno chief Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (who applied to join Bersatu this week) and Bagan Serai MP Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.