Following Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s release earlier today, after he was granted a Royal Pardon, he says he will not make an immediate return to politics.
He said at his first press conference since his release at his residence in Segambut on Wednesday, May 16, that he was only back as a citizen.
“I’ll be taking time off to give a series of talks in Havard, Georgetown and a few Muslim countries.”
He added that Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail should continue with their administration.
“I’ve given my assurance to Mahathir and Azizah that I’m here as a concerned citizen, with complete support for them to manage the affairs of the country.”
Anwar also said that this was on the understanding that they were ‘committed with the reform agenda, beginning with the judiciary, media and the entire apparatus’.
He said that as premier, Dr. Mahathir had the prerogative to form the Cabinet, but added that the Prime Minister had given him assurance that he would consult party leaders before deciding on its composition.
(Source: The Star)