No to flip-flop or compromising on a worn-out situation, says Anwar


PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says he is not willing to return to a past situation and that the country needs to move forward, in an apparent rejection of the suggestion that people would not support Pakatan Harapan’s attempt at a comeback if he is the designated prime minister.

The PKR president also said politics should not be a brawl for politicians to wrest power to enrich their own or as a vendetta.

“I am not willing to flip-flop or compromise to return to an old and worn-out situation as the country needs to move forward for the people’s sake,” he said during his daily Facebook live session yesterday.It is believed that the Port Dickson MP was alluding to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who, in an interview with an international news media group published yesterday, said he needed to be the ninth prime minister to enable Anwar to take over as the 10th prime minister.

Anwar noted that too many views and assumptions had been made recently on current politics and power transitions.

“In this situation, there are those who fish in murky waters and ridiculously want to be peacemakers, seal bridges and such. That is natural.

“But let us return to the path. Politics is not a brawl for politicians to find tactics to wrest power. Politics has to do with governance, the voice of the people and policies,” he said.Politicians, he added, should not use politics to enrich their relatives and strengthen a government with corruption.

“Is politics without the basis to care for the interests of the people such as the appreciation of Islam, the position of the Malays, the bumiputra and the people?

“Can we in this pandemic return the confidence of the investors and generate the economy, especially for the lower income people? This has to be our determination.

“Malaysia and its people can face the problems and find a new way to bring real political change,” he said.

Anwar also said that politicians should not continue to harbour hatred and revenge against others.

In the interview with Asia Times, Dr Mahathir, who twice helmed the country as the prime minister, said he had no desire to serve for a third time but had been asked to do so.

He also believed that the people would not support an attempt at a comeback by Pakatan if Anwar was designated the prime minister.

Dr Mahathir and Anwar reunited in Pakatan to take over Putrajaya in May 2018 and stayed together after Dr Mahathir’s falling-out with his former ally Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who succeeded him as the Prime Minister.

But in recent days, it has been clear that Dr Mahathir, who has ceased to be a member of Muhyiddin’s ruling Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and Anwar are not seeing eye to eye on the next prime minister candidate should Pakatan be returned to power.

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