Anwar Ibrahim today said he never claimed to have presented to the Agong the names of the MPs who would support him in his bid to take over Putrajaya.
Emerging from the Bukit Aman police headquarters where he was investigated over several police reports linked to his claim that he has the numbers in the Dewan Rakyat, the PKR president said he never said he had handed over the names of the MPs in his bloc.
“Please don’t put words in my mouth. In my statement, if you recall, I said I presented letters and documents.”
He added that he had only stated the numbers of MPs from each party during his half-hour royal audience at Istana Negara on Tuesday.
Anwar was questioned by police today based on several reports accusing him of fabricating the names of MPs who allegedly supported him for a change of government.
Anwar said he had told police today that it was not their business to uncover the identity of the MPs said to be backing him.
He also described his session with the police as part of a political plot against him.
“It is clearly malicious, clearly political harassment and clearly from my understanding, there was political instruction to the police.
“Because the manner in which questions were raised and the issues brought up were purely on the issue of the MPs, who they are, their names, and whether they gave categorical assurance (of support), which is completely not the business of others to know.
“It is my task as an MP to present this to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” the Port Dickson MP told reporters outside the Bukit Aman police headquarters.
Anwar is being investigated under Section 505 B of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.
Earlier, at least 10 MPs denied suggestions that they would back Anwar for the prime minister’s position, including Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Ahmad Maslan, Bung Moktar Radin, Mahdzir Khalid, Idris Jusoh, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Shahidan Kassim.
Several of them also lodged police reports.
Following Anwar’s royal audience, the palace said the PKR leader had failed to provide evidence of his claim to having majority support among MPs, and urged him to follow the legal process.
Source : Malaysia Today
Istana Negara said Anwar Ibrahim did not present a list of the MPs who supported him, while the King today advised the PKR president to “respect the due process of the law”.
A statement from the comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin did not, however, state what the King would do next, or if he would do anything at all, following the meeting with Anwar earlier today.
In the brief statement, Fadil said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah met Anwar this morning for 25 minutes.
“Anwar Ibrahim had disclosed the number of MPs he claimed to have declared support for him. However, he did not provide the list of names of the MPs to back his claim.
“As such, Sultan Abdullah has advised Anwar to abide by and respect the due process of the law as prescribed by the Federal Constitution,” he said.
He also announced that due to the conditional movement control order (CMCO), the palace would be under a partial lockdown until further notice.
Earlier today, Anwar told a press conference that he had submitted documents, including statutory declarations and confirmation of support from the heads of parties.
The opposition leader had also said the King would go through the documents after which he would be calling up leaders from several political parties in the next few days.
Federal Constitution, to go through the documents and, in the next one or two days, call the heads of parties for an audience to get their confirmation and views,” Anwar had added.
On Sept 23, Anwar had claimed that the majority of MPs supported him and that the government of Muhyiddin had “fallen”, which he reiterated today.
Meanwhile, Fadil also said the King was concerned about the spread of Covid-19 and the CMCO that would be implemented in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya effective tomorrow.
He advised the public to remain calm and to practise discipline in complying with the SOPs.
“Even though the latest developments have been quite worrying following the continuous three-digit hikes in daily Covid-19 cases, and the emergence of new clusters since Oct 1, Sultan Abdullah expressed confidence and urged the rakyat to unite and help stop the spread of Covid-19 regardless of their race, religion and political leanings for the safety of all and the well-being of the country.”
Source : FMT