GE15: I'm willing to meet Dr M, but better to meet the people first, says Anwar

GEORGE TOWN: Talk that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) is meeting Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to discuss cooperation for GE15 is not true, says the PKR president without ruling out the possibility.

Anwar said he was willing to hold discussions with anyone – not just Dr Mahathir – if they shared similar goals.

"If there is a need to see me, I am in Penang today, in Sabah tomorrow and maybe in Sarawak the day after – but for me, it is better for me to see the rakyat," he said during a press conference after the Penang PKR fundraising dinner at Setia Spice Convention Centre organised by the state leadership council on Saturday (Oct 22) night.

The Pakatan Harapan chairman also said there were many meetings he had attended but preferred to refer to policies that reject corruption and improve the rakyat's daily lives.

On Friday (Oct 21), Dr Mahathir alluded that he and Anwar could bury the hatchet to defeat their common rivals, like what happened in 2018.

He added he was willing to make the first move to materialise the meet.

In 2018, Dr Mahathir, who was then the chairman of Bersatu, agreed to join Pakatan Harapan to face off against Barisan Nasional for GE14.

He was appointed the seventh prime minister under the Pakatan administration after the win.

He subsequently resigned in March 2020 following the Sheraton Move, which resulted in the collapse of the Pakatan government.

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