Anwar slams PAS for spreading rumours of no-confidence vote against Dr M

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

PETALING JAYA: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim hit out at PAS today for playing dirty politics in spreading rumours on a plot to topple Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said he had met other Pakatan Harapan leaders over the last few days but no leaders had heard of any no-confidence vote against the PPBM leader or had any idea who was behind any such move.

PAS had recently pledged their support for Mahathir to remain as prime minister should there be a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

“The only people who have heard about this plot are those from PAS.

“Their only option left seems to be to sow seeds of discord,” Anwar said after the annual Thirukkural International Conference at Universiti Malaya.

He questioned the sincerity of PAS’ support for Mahathir, saying PAS had been inconsistent in its support of political parties.

“It has been their consistent message that lying is permissible, so I have not been able to establish if they are telling the truth,” he added.

When asked if he would support Mahathir if there was a vote of no confidence, Anwar brushed aside the question saying this was merely the “wish” of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.

“What is the issue? Why are you bringing it up? This is what Hadi wants, it is Hadi’s motion, let him move the motion,” Anwar said.

On the Rantau by-election, Anwar said there was no rush in deciding who PH will field. He said suggestions of candidates are still being submitted to the coalition’s leadership.

Barisan Nasional’s Mohamad Hasan won the Rantau seat unopposed on nomination day in the 14th general election last year after PKR candidate Dr Streram Sinnasamy was prohibited from entering the nomination centre for not having a pass issued by the Election Commission.

Streram filed a petition on May 23 and sought a by-election after claiming that Mohamad’s victory was not valid.

On Nov 16, Election Court judge Azimah Omar allowed the petition filed by Streram and ruled that Mohamad’s win was invalid.