Aide: Anwar meeting Pakatan leaders tonight, to meet Agong with Dr Wan Azizah tomorrow

Ida Lim
Perak PKR chairman Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak speaks to media as he leaves Anwar Ibrahim house in Segambut February 23, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is meeting with leaders of Pakatan Harapan components, his aide confirmed tonight.

Political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak said Anwar left his residence in Segambut here at 10.30pm for the meeting scheduled at 11pm at an unknown location.

“I think it’s a closed discussion among two or three of them. I think with heads of Amanah and DAP,” he told about 30 media personnel who were gathered outside the gates of Anwar’s house since evening today.

Speaking to the media just before 11.20pm, Farhash confirmed that Anwar’s wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also deputy prime minister, was present in the residence and was not part of the meeting.

When asked how much support Anwar had within PKR, Farhash said: “We have never done manoeuvring so I cannot give you the exact numbers. But I think the coalition with Amanah, DAP, PKR is quite intact. In PKR, maybe we have a few naughty ones, but we see how.”

He confirmed that Anwar’s scheduled audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will proceed tomorrow, and it is expected to be with just Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah.

“I think for now it’s just the two of them,” he said. 

While Farhash had earlier said Anwar was initially scheduled to only provide “normal updates” on politics to the Malaysian ruler, he said Anwar would likely discuss matters regarding the current political climate with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. 

Farhash said the political status quo remains for now, but also said it was still too early to speculate. 

Asked about how Anwar was doing now, Farhash said that he was calm. 

“He is calm. No problem. You can see his programme, he still carried on although people called him for a meeting. 

“We feel that the rakyat (public) is with us. We have the moral high ground,” he said.

Farhash noted that Anwar had himself stated after a Friday PH presidential council meeting that PH chairman and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should remain as long as he wanted as the prime minister. 

“So I don’t see what’s the problem here. I really don’t want to speculate,” he said. 

Dr Mahathir’s party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) was speculated to be part of plans to join forces with a faction led by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as well as PH’s political rivals to form a new coalition to take over the federal government, but critics have said such rumoured plans would amount to a “backdoor government” and betrayal of the mandate given to PH by voters. 

PH is currently composed of PKR, DAP, PPBM and Amanah.

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