PH: Meeting with Dr M, Shafie Very Positive, Decision in a Week

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An impromptu meeting between leaders of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) component parties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Parti Warisan Sabah today showed a “very positive” progress, the pact said today.

In a joint statement, the parties said any decision coming from the meeting will be finalised in the coming week.

“Today’s meeting saw a holistic discussion about each party’s stand and showed a very positive progress.

“The process to finalise all decisions will be done in the period of this week,” it said.

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The statement was jointly signed by PKR president and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, Bersatu’s disputed chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

In a separate statement, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said the meeting was chaired by Anwar and was held to ascertain each party leaders’ sentiments at a time when the PH coalition is on the brink of collapse.

“The meeting was to go into detail each party’s stand currently, and the meeting was received positively by all,” Fahmi said in a statement.

It has been rumoured that Pakatan Plus — a moniker for a loose coalition that includes PH, the faction of former component Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia 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.

Dr Mahathir was whisked away by his aides as he was mobbed by members of the press eager to know what transpired in the four-hour meeting.

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He did not say anything, and merely waved at the press before leaving with his entourage.

Also present at the meeting were DAP MP Lim Kit Siang and former minister Khalid Abdul Samad from Parti Amanah Negaram as well as Bersatu’s ousted secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahya.