Azmin: Anwar must approve any ties with Mahathir’s party

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PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim’s approval is needed before PKR is able to forge any official ties with new opposition party, Party Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said today.

Speaking to reporters after attending Aidiladha prayers at the Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, Azmin, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, admitted the party must work with PPBM, The Sun Daily reported.

“We need to work together but this needs Anwar’s approval,” Azmin said, adding that PKR leaders will be discussing the matter with its de facto leader who is currently serving a five-year sentence in Sungai Buloh prison following his conviction for sodomy last year.

Azmin was responding to comments by PPBM number two, Mukhriz Mahathir, who expressed hope that the historic meeting between Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar in court on Sept 5, could lead to the establishment of official ties between both parties.

PPBM was made official on Sept 9 after the Registrar of Societies (RoS) approved the application submitted by PPBM’s protem committee to register the party.

The party is led by former Umno stalwarts, including former prime minister Mahathir as chairman, former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin as president, former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz as vice-president and former Langkawi Wanita Umno leader Anina Saadudin as the treasurer.