Anwar: Azmin Must Explain Meeting with Umno Reps

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Mohamed Azmin Ali should explain the meeting he held with Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers at his official residence last night, said his party boss Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar said the meeting, which took place just two days after Pakatan Harapan’s defeat in the Tanjung Piai by-election, showed that some coalition leaders had not learnt their lesson.

“Some of our friends never learnt from their experience of losing terribly in Tanjung Piai,” Anwar told reporters in Parliament today.

Anwar said the meeting with the BN and a few PKR lawmakers raised questions from the public and they have to be cleared by the economic affairs minister.

“Of course, we will ask for his explanation first because such an incident has raised a lot of questions. So, he should explain,” Anwar said.

Anwar said he was not sure if Azmin held the meeting in his capacity as minister or PKR official.

“I don’t know. That’s why I’m asking (Azmin) to clarify, whether it was held on party or government’s capacity.

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“If it was in government capacity, why other members of parliament were not invited?”

Earlier, PKR’s communications director Fahmi Fadzil said the political bureau will discuss the matter tomorrow.

Anwar said Azmin should be present at tomorrow’s meeting, to clear the air over what transpired between him and the BN lawmakers.

Asked if he believes Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be the main reason for PH’s defeat, and whether the by-election loss was a referendum on the ruling coalition, Anwar only said the matter will be discussed in the presidential council meeting this Saturday.

Meanwhile, PKR vice president Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar said the PH presidential council was not told of the meeting at Azmin’s home in Putrajaya involving the coalition’s and BN federal lawmakers last night.

He said any leader in PH who wished to meet with outside parties must inform the presidential council about it.

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“The PH presidential council makes decisions collectively with all component parties on any matters and this process must be followed,” he said in a press conference.

When asked if he knew of the meeting, he said no.