Malaysia: 5 opposition MPs concerned over Anwar’s talks with Umno

  • FIVE opposition MPs have expressed disappointment with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for holding discussions with Umno.
  • In a joint statement, Ramkarpal Singh (Bukit Gelugor), Darell Leiking (Penampang), Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman (Muar), Hannah Yeoh (Segambut) and Maria Chin Abdullah (Petaling Jaya) said Umno did not share the same “reform mindset” and values.
  • “The road to Putrajaya must not be obtained at all costs. We read with concern the latest development about our Opposition Leader having informal talks with Umno. Any possible cooperation with any political parties now or in the days to come needs to be based on a common struggle, namely having a reformed mindset and a commitment to implement those reforms. Any coalition to be formed must have a noble agenda and a shared value system for it to be sustainable. It is our belief that the existing ‘Kluster Mahkamah’ and even Umno now do not possess the above agenda and values to rebuild Malaysia,” they said.
  • “Kluster Mahkamah” or “court cluster” refers to Umno leaders who are on trial for corruption. They include former prime minister Najib Razak, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, party secretary-general Ahmad Maslan, and former Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
  • The five MPs said enough time has been wasted arguing about who had the numbers in Parliament to be prime minister, in reference to Anwar’s claims in Sep 20 that he had the majority amongst MPs.
  • Their statement is the second one by opposition MPs urging Anwar not to pursue talks with Umno.
  • On 17 Mar 21, Amanah vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, Warisan youth chief Azis Jamman, Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong, Muda leader Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman and Parti Sarawak Bersatu’s Baru Bian urged Anwar “not to collaborate with kleptocrats” and to focus on strengthening the opposition instead.

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