Anwar-Muhyiddin meeting was on Covid-19, not politics, says Anwar aide


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Apr 2020

PETALING JAYA: The recent 45-minute meeting between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was to discuss ways to address the Covid-19 pandemic and several other issues of national interest, not about politics.

According to Anwar’s political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, the PKR president was invited by Muhyiddin himself and the meeting was not about gaining political mileage.

“Anwar was invited by our Prime Minister to give his views on steps to address Covid-19, and they touched on a few issues concerning the ... nation’s future.

“Malaysians are still worried about their future, and our president set aside political differences during this critical time.

"This is about the country’s future, not about personal political mileage, ” Farhash said in a statement Thursday (April 16).

He was responding to a point raised by PKR wanita chief Haniza Talha, who alleged she was suspended for meeting up with Zuraida Kamaruddin and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

She reportedly questioned why it was all right for Anwar to meet with Muhyiddin.

“Zuraida and Azmin are in the same party as the Prime Minister. Why can’t I meet with Zuraida and Azmin, but the president can meet with Muhyiddin? What is that about?” Haniza was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini.

The meeting between former allies Anwar and Muhyiddin on Tuesday (April 14) was the first since the emergence of the Perikatan Nasional government.

Farhash accused Haniza of being “naive” for drawing parallels between the Anwar and Muhyiddin meeting and hers.

“It is quite naive for Haniza to compare and question Anwar’s meeting with Muhyiddin in his capacity as the Opposition leader, ” he added.

He also said Haniza was suspended because she was present during the so-called “Sheraton Move”, the infamous event which led to a week-long political impasse and the eventual collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.

“The suspension of Haniza, while awaiting investigation by the disciplinary board along with several other individuals, isn’t shocking.

“Her meeting with Azmin and Zuraida during the Sheraton Move in collapsing the Pakatan Harapan government is the biggest betrayal in PKR, ” Farhash alleged.

Aside from Haniza, action was also taken against several other party leaders, including PKR Wanita information chief Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, who was sacked from the party, and Tian Chua, who was issued a show-cause letter.

However, PKR disciplinary board chief Ahmad Kassim stressed that Haniza and Tian Chua had not been sacked, adding that not every Azmin supporter was sacked, as some had remained loyal to the party.

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