Anwar continues to receive opposition against his informal talks with Umno

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Concern over Anwar’s talks with Umno.

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Today, another five Opposition lawmakers stressed that the road to Putrajaya must not be obtained at all costs, and enough time has been wasted arguing about who had the numbers in Parliament to be prime minister.

In a joint statement, a group of five lawmakers said that any possible cooperation with any political party now or in the future needs to be based on a common struggle, namely having a reformed mindset and a commitment to implement those reforms.

“Any coalition to be formed must have a noble agenda, and a shared value system for it to be sustainable.

“It is our belief that the existing court cluster and even Umno do not possess the above agenda and values to rebuild Malaysia,” the group said in a statement today.

The Umno “court cluster” refers to the Umno lawmakers who are currently facing corruption charges in court.

The statement was issued by Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh (DAP), Penampang MP Datuk Darell Leiking (Warisan), Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Independent), Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh (DAP) and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah (PKR).

The five MPs said enough time has been wasted arguing about who had the numbers in Parliament to be prime minister, in reference to Anwar’s claims last September that he had the majority amongst MPs.

“A year has passed by after the painful betrayal in the Sheraton Move. We want to move forward. We do not have a shortage of talent among opposition MPs.

“We want the opposition leadership to be focused on policies that will win the trust and hearts of Malaysians and lead us into victory in the coming elections.”

Their statement is the second one by opposition MPs urging Anwar not to pursue talks with Umno.

Yesterday, Amanah vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, Warisan youth chief Azis Jamman, Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong, Muda leader Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman and Parti Sarawak Bersatu’s Baru Bian urged Anwar “not to collaborate with kleptocrats” and to focus on strengthening the opposition instead.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Anwar confirmed that initial discussions have begun between several PKR and Umno leaders. He also hinted there were Umno MPs supportive of the collaboration idea.

The five MPs said Malaysia has to be rebuilt from scratch, claiming that the PN government lacks strong foundations for reform.

“We need to learn from the sandcastles built by this Perikatan Nasional government that has no strong foundation and is being held at ransom with constant threats and double-minded resolutions of withdrawal of support from Umno. We shall not be like them.

“The road to Putrajaya must not be obtained at all costs,” they said.

Umno is unhappy with PN, which is led by Bersatu, for side-lining its MPs and members in the government. It has said it will only support the government until elections are called and will not cooperate with Bersatu for the 15th general election.