‘Pakatan in talks with all to wrest power from Perikatan’

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan is in talks with “all forces” including factions within Umno in a bid to wrest power from Perikatan Nasional, says Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“The various election machineries of PKR, DAP and Amanah have been meeting and strategising our priorities while at the same time we are continuing with efforts of which I can’t say more. But we are taking a two-pronged attack, ” he told reporters after attending “An Evening With Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim” programme here yesterday.

He noted that recent calls by some Umno leaders for the party to withdraw support for Perikatan or not to work with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia was an indication of how volatile the situation was for the present administration.

Asked if Pakatan would cooperate with dissatisfied factions within Umno, Anwar merely said that Pakatan had been in communication with all.

On Friday, Pulai Umno chief Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the division would push for a motion to call for the party to withdraw its support for the Perikatan-led government.

And yesterday, Penang Umno chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir said that a majority of Penang Umno divisions had refused to work with Bersatu in the next general election.

Anwar, who is PKR president, also said he did not want to get into a quarrel with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the former prime minister’s comment on Thursday that he could not get along with him (Anwar).

He was asked if Pakatan would still consider cooperating with Dr Mahathir’s Parti Pejuang Tanah Air in view of the strained ties between the two leaders.

He reiterated that Pakatan’s doors would remain open to anyone who upholds the coalition’s struggle for good governance.

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