Rumours that PH Plus has managed to gain the upper hand in the Dewan Rakyat.
Anwar Ibrahim last night met Pakatan Harapan leaders at his residence in Segambut Dalam, hours after the group’s meeting with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Parti Warisan Sabah president Mohd Shafie Apdal.
PH’s social media accounts published photos of the Anwar meeting, showing the PKR president and opposition leader with Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and national organising secretary Anthony Loke, and PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
“The main leadership of PH met tonight, and repeats its commitment to strengthen the coalition,” said the post.
“PH will make all decisions based on consensus.
“God willing, there will be a big change in the near future.”
The meeting was held amid talk that PH components, Warisan and Dr Mahathir’s faction in Bersatu are working towards obtaining majority support from MPs three months after the pact that won the 2018 general election was ousted from Putrajaya.
No PKR member joined the earlier meeting between Dr Mahathir, Amanah and DAP leaders, Shafie, former Bersatu secretary-general Marzuki Yahya and Mukhriz Mahathir, who was among the lawmakers who had their Bersatu memberships “stopped” last week.
PH presidential council secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the meeting with Dr Mahathir was not an official one.
He stressed that the PH coalition is still strong, and that all decisions would be made according to consensus among all members.
“The afternoon meeting was not official. So, PKR did not take part as we were busy with our own duties.
“We (Harapan) remain strong. They (other Harapan component party leaders) have the right to meet with anyone for Harapan’s mutual interests. We respect and take into account all views,” he was quoted as saying.
Anwar was also absent from a press conference that Dr Mahathir gave following the one-day parliamentary sitting on May 18. Other PH party leaders were present.
The Port Dickson MP later said he did not attend the presser as it was not an official one by PH.
It has been rumoured that PH Plus — a moniker for a loose coalition that includes PH, the faction of former component Bersatu now led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and Warisan — has managed to gain the upper hand in the Dewan Rakyat, barely a few months after they lost power during the February political crisis.
However, there are still disputes within the coalition over its prime minister candidate, with both Dr Mahathir and Anwar’s camps said to still be at loggerheads over the matter.