Similar statements show Pakatan's influence on BN, says Annuar Musa

PETALING JAYA: Former Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa continues with his claims that certain leaders in Umno are working with Pakatan Harapan, this time highlighting both parties releasing similarly worded statements on Thursday (March 4).

The Ketereh MP, who was removed as Barisan secretary-general in January, took to social media to point out the similarities between Barisan and Pakatan's statements, commenting that the similarities could just be a "coincidence".

"The almost similar statements that look like copy-and-paste versions of each other have gone viral. This is more proof that (Umno) leadership is being influenced by Pakatan.

"This goes against the party's policy of not supporting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP," he said Friday (March 5).

Both statements suggested similar points to be debated when Parliament reconvened.

The motions include the Emergency proclamation; the effectiveness of measures set in place to curb Covid-19 infections including the rollout of the vaccine; the effectiveness of measures in Budget 2021, particularly in assisting the B40 and M40 groups; as well as the government's commitment in assisting economic recovery after the movement control order.

However, in its statement, Barisan added two more points to be debated which were the need for a stable political landscape to attract investors as well as the need for Malay-Muslim unity.

Both statements also ended alike, with both parties using the same words to thank the government for implementing the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme while expressing their gratitude to frontliners.

"Most regrettably, both statements came out about 24 hours after the Barisan supreme council agreed in a meeting to maintain its stance of not supporting or collaborating with PKR and DAP," he said, adding that such a move was an insult to members and the grassroots.

Annuar also reiterated his own stand to not support Anwar or DAP, as he remained loyal to the Muafakat Nasional charter between Umno and PAS.

Umno has said it would withdraw its support for Perikatan Nasional once Parliament is dissolved, while Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), the main party in Perikatan, said it would continue to strengthen cooperation with its allies in the coalition.

In January, Anuar claimed there has been an UMNO move to work with DAP, including forming a new government, adding that he had received a report that UMNO was in the process of collaborating with DAP for that purpose.

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