KUALA LUMPUR ― PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said his deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali must clarify his meeting with 22 Umno lawmakers at his home late last night.
The Port Dickson MP noted that Azmin has been missing from his own party official meet-ups but will have to attend tomorrow’s political bureau meeting and explain the latest incident.
The backbencher said he does not know the reason Azmin hosted the meeting at his home in Putrajaya ― whether it was as PKR deputy president, economic affairs minister or MP.
Asked if he believes Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to be the main reason for PH’s defeat, and whether the by-election loss was a referendum on the ruling coalition, Anwar only said the matter will be discussed in the presidential council meeting this Saturday.
Xavier: Azmin didn’t tell Pakatan presidential council about meeting with BN leaders
GEORGE TOWN― The Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council was not told of the meeting at Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s home in Putrajaya involving the coalition’s and Barisan Nasional (BN) federal lawmakers last night, said PKR vice president Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
The water, land and natural resources minister said any leader in PH who wished to meet with outside parties must inform the presidential council about it.
When asked if he knew of the meeting, he said no.
There were claims that Azmin and former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein were planning to discuss how to secure lawmakers’ support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as the prime minister.
Azmin’s testy relationship with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has fuelled speculation that he could be an obstacle to the latter succeeding Dr Mahathir.