PETALING JAYA: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim doesn’t foresee a change in the political landscape in Putrajaya’s administration despite Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently meeting top PAS leaders, including president Abdul Hadi Awang.
FMT previously reported that a major realignment of Malaysia’s political landscape, which could thrust PAS into federal power, might be in store following a dip in support for the 20-month old Pakatan Harapan government.
It was said the new alignment, bringing together forces aligned to Mahathir Mohamad with the clout that PAS holds in the northern Malay heartland, will have dire consequences for DAP and Anwar.
“That’s (your) interpretation,” he said today when asked if the meeting would signal a change in the political landscape in Putrajaya.
Anwar said that Mahathir holds meetings with all parties, even with those from opposing factions.
“Whoever wants to meet him, they can,” he said.
Asked if he too would meet with Hadi, Anwar said he was busy but did not rule out the possibility.
“I meet everyone, no problem. I am not enemies with anyone.
“PAS or not, for me, it is a question of principle,” he said after an event at the Sultan Zainal Abidin University in Gong Badak, Terengganu, today.
After news of the meeting surfaced, Mahathir denied that it meant the government was cooperating with PAS – stating that it was his job to meet “everybody”.
“Yes, there is a picture of me greeting Haji Hadi. I greet everybody including unkind reporters,” the prime minister said.
“That is my job, I meet everybody, even though these people were my enemies.”