PUTRAJAYA: PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic) wants to meet with Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar personally over a recent interview, where she made statements which were critical of the government.
Saifuddin said he had “lost contact” with Nurul Izzah over a week due to a hectic work schedule, but will arrange a meeting with the former PKR vice-president soon over the matter.
“I have not spoken to her (Nurul Izzah) over the matter. I prefer to meet her personally and find out what is the back story, and only then it is fair for me to comment on it,” said Saifuddin at a press conference after launching the “Citarasa Malaysia” programme here.
Saifuddin also denied a so-called statement issued by the secretaries of Pakatan Harapan parties on the matter, calling it “fake news”.
“I have contacted all the secretaries of Pakatan; no such statement was issued. This is fake news created to establish tension within Pakatan.
The statement, which was spread across social media, was purportedly signed by Saifuddin, Pakatan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Parti Amanah Negara secretary-general Anuar Tahir and DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke.
In the statement, the Pakatan secretariat expressed its continuous support of the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the coalition's chairman.
It also advised its leaders to be cautious of any statement made, as every word or action by a leader is being watched by the people.
This came after Nurul Izzah told Singapore’s The Straits Times that she was “broken-hearted”, having to once again work with Dr Mahathir.
On Nurul Izzah's statement that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman should be headed by an Opposition MP, Saifuddin said he respected her views on the matter.
“I know Nurul Izzah well. She has her own viewpoint of things, and she usually would express it openly, and I respect her views, coming from a third-term MP.
“She feels that the PAC should be lead by an Opposition MP. The prime minister has commented and said that if a suitable candidate has been found, then that can happen. I share the PM's views on this,” said Saifuddin.