PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has denied he was in a phone call with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and said a recording of the conversation which has gone viral was the work of the government spreading lies.
He said the audio clip was released in an attempt by the government to stir up conflict among Umno leaders after failing to buy them over.
“Tonight, not only do I want to refute (the authenticity of the recording), but it’s clear that the country’s leadership is worried and will use any tricks, threats, and bribes.
“When those fail, they spread lies,” he said during a PKR event in Selangor this evening.
Zahid also denied the authenticity of the recording and said an officer of his would lodge a police report.
Anwar said an officer of his will also be filing a police report on the issue and claimed that the recording was meant to deepen rifts among Umno leaders.
“I want to say, this (audio recording) is to use us to fight Umno, to use the purported conversation between me and Zahid for Bersatu to ‘stab’ Umno leaders.
“But there is someone whose voice sounds like mine… Obviously, there’s an attempt to slander using sophisticated means,” he said.
Anwar also said that DAP and Amanah remain loyal friends with PKR who will not be affected by this “slander”.
Last month, in an interview with Utusan Malaysia, Anwar admitted that PKR and Umno had informal meetings to discuss cooperation.
Subsequently, in a media conference, Anwar explained that despite the discussion, it is too early to come to a decision on how the two parties would cooperate.
PKR vice-president Chang Lih Kang also confirmed that his party was in early talks with Umno.
However, during the recently concluded Umno general assembly, Zahid said his party would not work with Anwar or DAP. MKINI
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The Malaysian Insight reported the Opposition Leader as saying that it was the latest ploy by “some elements in the government leadership” to damage the ties between Pakatan Harapan component parties after their recent attempt to buy support from the Opposition bloc failed.
“Obviously, there is an attempt at slander, engineered more sophisticatedly so that in Keadilan (PKR) people will ask… DAP or Amanah will ask questions.
“Fortunately, we are loyal friends, and won’t easily be shaken by slander like this,” he was quoted as saying during a PKR event in Shah Alam last night.
“It seems it was to use us to counter Umno politics. Trying to use my conversation with Datuk Seri Zahid for Bersatu politics, to deal a blow to the Umno leadership.
“That is not my job. This is why I will ask my staff to lodge a police report. Let them (police) investigate who is behind this,” Anwar said.
Yesterday, an audio clip of two individuals with voices resembling that of Anwar and Zahid was leaked on the internet.
The four-minute clip was first posted on Facebook and started with Zahid’s speech during the recent 2020 Umno General Assembly, in which he said the party would not accept Anwar, DAP or Bersatu as allies.
In response, Zahid issued a statement yesterday decrying the clip as fake, adding that he was “disappointed and shocked” by its release, while claiming it was a plot to destroy Umno. MALAY MAIL
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