PKR bid to get Azmin and group to back Anwar for PM flounders
Emissaries were despatched by Anwar to get the necessary numbers.
A series of frantic attempts by Anwar Ibrahim to negotiate with a key group of MPs who quit his party last year has failed in its objective of getting them to revert their support to the opposition leader, MalaysiaNow can confirm.
It is learnt that former PKR MPs who are now part of the government have flatly rejected appeals from emissaries tasked by Anwar to speak to them privately.
One such meeting took place “sometime last week”, an aide to a PKR MP said on condition of strict anonymity.
The aide revealed how different “teams of negotiators” were tasked with talking to different former PKR MPs who supported the so-called Sheraton Move which saw Pakatan Harapan (PH) ejected from federal power early last year.
When asked if the targeted MPs included Mohamed Azmin Ali and Zuraida Kamaruddin, who were labelled “traitors” by the party after leading about a dozen MPs out of PKR to further deplete the party’s parliamentary share, the aide replied, “Yes.”
“And this was despite other negotiating teams telling another story to other MPs that the party wants to take all of them back except Azmin and Zuraida.”
The meetings took place after PKR leaders were instructed to find the necessary numbers ahead of expectations that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will step down to allow the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to gauge the support of prime ministerial nominees.
It is learnt that several DAP leaders were unhappy with the inclusion of some 15 Umno MPs aligned with scandal-tainted former leaders Najib Razak and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Yesterday, MalaysiaNow reported that PKR and Anwar were relying on the backing of the group of Umno MPs who had revoked their support for Muhyiddin to give Anwar the numbers needed for the top post.
PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang, better known as Tian Chua, has extended an olive branch to defectors who left the party along with Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali in February last year, saying they should abandon Perikatan Nasional for the sake of their political longevity.
“I think some of them regret (sanctioning the Sheraton Move) and helping trigger the formation of the ‘backdoor’ PN government, which has now become a hostile government embroiled in countless controversies,” he told The Vibes.
He said PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim may well be magnanimous and accept the defectors back into the party in the name of saving the country and to get on with the real task at hand: containing the Covid-19 pandemic.
We need to swallow our pride. This is not the time for politics, but to come together for the sake of the country and for some of their careers.”
Azmin led a group out of the party to become independents temporarily, to form the PN administration with the Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin-led Bersatu, as well as PAS and Barisan Nasional.
Chua said Muhyiddin may eventually cave in to the pressure to resign as prime minister, leaving Umno vice-president and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as his natural successor.
“This would mean that Umno is back in power, and when it is in power, I doubt its leaders would want to entertain Azmin and Co. They will become expendable.”
The more pressure Umno exerts on Muhyiddin, he said, the more the latter could opt to resign sooner rather than later so as to preserve his legacy.
Their (Azmin and other PKR defectors’) careers are hanging in the balance, so it is better for them to do the right thing for their careers and for the nation. Help correct the mistakes of the past.”
Attempts by The Vibes to contact Azmin and the other former PKR members were unsuccessful
Source : The Vibes