Opposition parties tell Anwar to reject cooperation with 'kleptocrats'

PETALING JAYA: Five parties in the Opposition bloc have told PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to strengthen the bloc and reject cooperation with any so-called kleptocrats.

"Any cooperation with any party has to be built on this foundation. We need to mobilise efforts and focus on building our strengths as one voice to raise the agenda of the people," the representatives of five parties said in a joint statement on Wednesday (March 17).

The statement was signed by Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, Parti Warisan Sabah youth chief Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman, DAP political education director Liew Chin Tong, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance founder Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, and Parti Sarawak Bersatu member Baru Bian.

They said the Opposition bloc had to work together for an agenda to heal Malaysia as the Perikatan Nasional government had failed to solve the economic, health and political crises during its one-year rule.

Anwar had said on Tuesday (March 16) that talks between PKR and Umno leaders have taken place, although no agreement or any formal understanding had been made yet.

"I've already said it would be premature to indicate any possibility of cooperation or agreement. At this stage, we are just discussing," he told a press conference after a meeting with PKR MPs and top party leadership here Tuesday.

He was asked to clarify his remarks on the possibility of PKR cooperating with Umno in the next general election following an interview with a Malay daily last week.

To a question whether the party would remain with Pakatan Harapan or go it alone in the 15th General Election, Anwar said PKR remained committed to its allies DAP and Amanah.

Anwar also claimed that he still commanded the support of an "adequate number" of lawmakers, despite several PKR MPs quitting the party.

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