Anwar expected to address PKR-Umno collaboration in GE15 at 4.30pm press conference, say sources

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: A press conference is scheduled to be held by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at 4.30pm on Tuesday (March 16) amid talk of arch-foes PKR and Umno collaborating in the 15th General Election.

Invitations to the press conference were sent to the media on Tuesday (March 16) morning on WhatsApp groups by his press secretary, following a report by Mingguan Malaysia on Sunday (March 13), where Anwar confirmed that there have been informal discussions between both parties.

The press conference is set to be held at Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya and it will be aired on Facebook Live. Sources have said he is expected to address the issue of Umno and PKR collaborating for the next general election.

According to sources, Anwar is set to meet and address PKR MPs at 2.30pm prior to the press conference.

"I'm not quite sure what is the issue, but I think we can expect what's to be announced," the source said briefly.

Earlier Tuesday, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil was also quoted by Utusan Malaysia as saying that the PKR-Umno cooperation has not been deliberated by Pakatan Harapan, but he is confident that the cooperation will be accepted by the grassroots.

Meanwhile, talk of PKR veterans Nurul Izzah Anwar and Rafizi Ramli returning to the spotlight have also been rife in the political rumour mill recently.

Anwar had told Mingguan Malaysia that he will try to convince leaders such as Nurul Izzah and Rafizi to return to politics, as they were the type of leaders with character to become successors to the party leadership.

"Even though they are quite stubborn. But, I respect their principles," he was quoted as saying.

The exit of Nurul Izzah and Rafizi from active politics came following infighting in PKR between factions supporting Anwar and former party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali in 2019.

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