Anwar meets DAP, Amanah heads after claiming betrayal

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  • Sunday, 23 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Before Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Monday (Feb 24), the party president is attending another important meeting Sunday (Feb 23) night.

Following his admission of being betrayed by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and a faction within his own party, Anwar is now meeting with other coalition heads.

Anwar's political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak said that the closed door meeting with DAP and Parti Amanah Negara leaders at an undisclosed location started at 11pm Sunday.

Meanwhile, Farhash said on Monday (Feb 24) at 2.30pm, Deputy Prime Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is expected to be with Anwar for their audience with the King.

"I think the current political climate will be discussed in the meeting with the King," he told reporters.

He said that the King has the discretion to decide on what was best for the country, whether it be a "backdoor government" or a "clean mandate".

"But right now it looks like the status quo will remain.

"He is calm (Anwar), the people seem to be with us, we have the moral high ground.

"Even in the latest Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting, he gave space for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as Prime Minister for as long as he wanted.

"I don't see the problem here," said Farhash at Anwar's house at Bukit Segambut here Sunday night (Feb 23).

On talk that several PKR leaders have left the party to join a new coalition with Bersatu, Umno and PAS, Farhash said that this was not true.

"Not yet, not yet. But tonight, some have come out in the open to show their true colours," he said.

Earlier, PKR deputy president and Anwar's rival Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was branded a traitor by fellow party leader, Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid.

"This is the real traitor who has betrayed the people's mandate which gave the support to Pakatan. They (the traitors) have entered through the back door.

"I'm confident that the traitor will be punished by the people, who have given us the mandate," Abdullah Sani told reporters at Bukit Segambut here Sunday night (Feb 23).

He was on his way out of Anwar's residence here after attending a meeting between Anwar and PKR leaders aligned to him.

When asked who was the traitor, Abdullah Sani simply answered,"Azmin Ali" then later added that there were other traitors within PKR and described them as "two or three mosquitoes that we will kill".

Earlier, PKR lawmakers including Wangsa Maju MP Tan Yee Kew, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, Balik Pulau MP Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik, Batu MP P. Prabakaran and also PKR veteran Syed Husin Ali were spotted entering Anwar's house after 10pm for a meeting.

Tan, who left before 11pm, refused to divulge details of the meeting and said to wait for Anwar's official statement on the matter.

The media has been camping outside Anwar's residence from as early as 3pm Sunday amid reports of a new political landscape in the offing.

It was reported that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was executing a plan to form a new government with Azmin's PKR faction, Umno and PAS.

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