Anwar Says Old Enemies Pitting Him Against Dr M

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According to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, old enemies were trying to drive a wedge between him and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Azneal Ishak

He said his audiences with several Malay rulers and a scheduled meeting this Wednesday with all PKR elected representatives were used to undermine him.

“There are people who hold a grudge against me and are trying to pit me against Dr Mahathir,” he said.

He was addressing more than 500 members of the Malaysian Muslim Youth Movement (Abim) in Sungai Ramal, Kajang, last night.

Anwar, who led Abim from 1974 to 1982, said his critics were accusing him of building his own support base and of undermining the leadership of Mahathir.

“I still cannot get away from a few bad people and those who are involved in an evil conspiracy to slander me,” a news portal quoted Anwar as saying. “These people appear again because they probably thought I would go against Dr Mahathir.”

“After I had an audience with the Malay rulers, I am now meeting with MPs (from PKR). They (the enemies) negatively interpret the things that I do.”

Anwar said he met the rulers to explain misconceptions regarding the new Pakatan administration.

The meeting with MPs and state assemblymen was planned a while ago and had been at the request of the elected representatives after Anwar was released from prison.

Anwar told the crowd last night that he has conveyed his support to Dr Mahathir.

He pledged his loyalty to Mahathir.

“Tun, I want to support you. You have a free space to govern. Do the best you can, I will not trouble you and will support you in sailing this ship whether I agree or disagree with the policies you want to implement. I fully support you,” Anwar said.