Anwar says no plan to reconcile with Bersatu

The PKR president, however, does not dismiss the possibility of accepting Bersatu into the coalition again

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By ARIF KARTONO

THE Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition has indicated it will move forward with the current composition without former component party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) said the discussion to approach Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also does not arise in the current situation.

“We are now Harapan (PH) and he (Dr Mahathir) has left Harapan,” Anwar told reporters after attending the PH meeting in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

On Monday, Dr Mahathir had tendered his resignation as prime minister (PM), before stepping down as Bersatu chairman — the same day the party pulled out from the PH bloc. The King accepted his resignation and appointed the 94-year-old as the interim PM.

Yesterday, Dr Mahathir was restored as Bersatu chairman, according to the party’s secretary general Datuk Marzuki Yahya.

To this, Anwar responded that it is Dr Mahathir’s decision to accept the reappointment.

Anwar, however, did not dismiss the possibility of accepting Bersatu into the coalition again. “We change by the day,” he said.

On Wednesday, Anwar announced that PH has agreed to nominate him as the next PM candidate to Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

It was announced just a day after all PH parties stated their full support for Dr Mahathir to remain as the PM.

However, Anwar said the consensus was revised following the PH Leadership Council meeting on Feb 25. He said Dr Mahathir was invited to chair the meeting, but the latter turned it down.

The King, on Wednesday, concluded the two-day interviews with 220 MPs to state their stance on their favoured PM candidate.

Only Padang Rengas MP Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz did not attend the interview, according to media reports.

The Malay rulers are set to meet with Yang di-Pertuan Agong today in finalising and resolving the matter.

On the same development, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was spotted entering the PM’s Office yesterday afternoon.

The media reported that the former home minister left the Perdana Putra building an hour later.