Anwar: End of MoU could force an election

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The end of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Putrajaya and Pakatan Harapan could trigger the 15th general election soon, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The PKR president said the national polls should not be the priority now.

“Once we stop it (MOU), we are forcing an election. We don’t want to force the general election, because there are immediate concerns that must be addressed, notwithstanding the fact that we must prepare for the elections from now,” said Anwar.

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The Opposition leader also said this would be the message that he would convey to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob when they both met next week.

Among the agreements under the MoU signed between the government and Pakatan last September was that Parliament could not be dissolved before July 31 this year.

Commenting further, Anwar argued that the MoU does not explicitly say the bipartisan agreement would end on July 31.

“It does not necessarily end in July. So, we have to look into that, as we don’t want to be seen as not focusing on people’s issues,” added Anwar.

He also said the extension of the MoU has to be deliberated further at the Pakatan presidential council level.

“DAP and PKR have new members at the council, so we have to discuss it,” added Anwar.

On September 13, 2021, the Federal Government and PH inked an MoU to establish bipartisan cooperation on fighting Covid-19, transforming the administration, Parliamentary reforms, ensuring judicial independence, the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the formation of a steering committee.