Cops ordered to probe racial sentiments, slander against Anwar


PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister has directed the police to probe allegations bordering on slander and involving extreme racial elements levelled against him.Pakatan Harapan communications director Fahmi Fadzil said Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had no issue with those who criticised him for wearing capal (leather sandals) on his first day in office and other trivialities.

“But we draw the line at slander and accusations of (Anwar) being an Israeli agent. He has asked the police to take action,” Fahmi said after a Pakatan presidential council meeting here yesterday.

Fahmi said the presidential council meeting also focused on extreme racial sentiments being played up by certain quarters, adding that Anwar wanted this to stop at once.

“It is time for us to serve and we hope that no one will break the law,” he said.

On Sunday, a local news portal quoted a chief editor of Israeli newspaper Haaretz as saying that Anwar’s appointment as Prime Minister could potentially open up ties between Israel and Malaysia.

In a tweet, Esther Solomon said Anwar was not like former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had openly condemned Israeli policies, adding that Israel would love close ties with Malaysia.Her tweet was met with angry replies from Malaysian netizens.

On other matters, Fahmi said Anwar expressed concern following an alert by the Malaysian Meteorological Department of continuous downpours until Dec 3.

Among the top Pakatan leaders at the meeting were Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke and PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli. Also present was Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Fahmi, who is Lembah Pantai MP, also urged all parties to respect the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decree on forming a unity government, saying: “We need to unite and close ranks.”To a question, he said there was no discussion on the formation of a new Cabinet.

On Syed Saddiq’s attendance, Fahmi said he was invited as Muda is part of Pakatan’s electoral pact.

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