Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has confirmed having met with the ruling party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, but said there were no discussions about giving support to the latter to be a prime minister again.
Anwar, who chairs the Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) and is president of its component party PKR, reportedly said his meetings with Muhyiddin were normal meetings.
“Meetings have been going on for a long time. I cannot deny that there are no meetings, but there are no questions about any decision of the coalition to support him (Muhyiddin),” he was quoted saying yesterday.
Anwar also said the issue of the PH coalition backing Muhyiddin and PN to return to power “does not arise”.
Anwar’s comments came after Parti Pejuang Tanah Air chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s earlier remarks yesterday regarding Muhyiddin.
Dr Mahathir had claimed that Muhyiddin had met him recently and asked for his support to become prime minister again, despite Pejuang being financially weak and not strong.
On the question of whether the PH coalition would work together with Dr Mahathir at the next general election, Anwar said this has yet to be discussed.
Meanwhile, asked to comment on the rivalry between Rafizi Ramli and Saifuddin Nasution Ismail who are both running for the PKR deputy president post, Anwar expressed his optimism that it would be a civil and healthy competition.
He believed it would not be like 2018 when Rafizi contested the post against Azmin Ali, which saw a split in the party.