Hear us out first before issuing statements, PKR members urge Anwar

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

PORT DICKSON: PKR members at a party retreat here today have asked their president, Anwar Ibrahim, to hear them out first before issuing any statements.

This comes after an almost three-hour closed-door meeting between PKR leaders aligned to him and his deputy, Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Among the PKR leaders present were vice-presidents Tian Chua, Xavier Jayakumar and others such as Fuziah Salleh, Johari Abdul and Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin.

Anwar said due to this, he will only issue a statement tomorrow.

“Members told me not to give any statements today and I will have to follow their request,” he told reporters after the closed-door meeting.

It is understood that Tian Chua, who is said to be aligned to Azmin, gave his point of view during the meeting.

Anwar was asked on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s opening speech last night where he asked members to put aside their differences in the coalition as any power struggle may cause the rakyat to lose confidence in the coalition.

Mahathir added this may cause PH to lose in the next general election.

Anwar said Mahathir was not referring to PKR specifically but to PH in general.

“What he said was that PH should cooperate,” Anwar said.

The rift in PKR widened after Anwar had told Azmin to quit if he was the man in a gay sex video said to have been taken at a hotel in Sandakan last May.

Former Santubong Youth leader Haziq Aziz had confessed to being one of the two men in the controversial video. Azmin had denied he was the other man in the video, claiming such attempts were aimed at killing his political career.