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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Anwar annoyed by media reports focusing on transition of power

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim today expressed his annoyance over media reports constantly focusing on the transition of power between Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and himself.
He said the focus should now be on Pakatan Harapan's efforts to carry out the promises made to the people during the 14th general election.
According to the Port Dickson MP, there has been no contradictions or conflicts between himself and Mahathir over the issue which is often portrayed otherwise by external parties.
"For me, what is important is that Pakatan Harapan remains on its grounds in maintaining democracy, safeguarding the interests of the people, eliminating corruption, and avoiding abuse of power," he said in a speech at the opening of Wisma PKR Penang in Bayan Baru today.
He also urged all parties within Harapan to give Mahathir (below) space and time to restore the country's economy.
"My stand, and of PKR, remains firm to give (Mahathir) space to stabilise the country's economy, and there is no reason for me to dispute his sincerity," he said.
He added that he met Mahathir on almost a weekly basis, and there were no contradictions or clash of opinions between them.
Meanwhile, Anwar denied there were any rifts within Harapan as portrayed by the media recently.
He said he was puzzled as to where the reports were coming from, as he found no such problems during his meetings with the leadership line-ups in several states.
"There will definitely be some differences of opinion within the party, and sometimes, they forget that it is democratic and we must allow space for people to give their opinions and criticise, including criticisms towards myself.
"I do not deny there are differences (in thoughts), which must exist in any institution or democratic party, but that is not (meant) having rifts within the party," he said.

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