PETALING JAYA: PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and party members from his camp will not be attending the party’s central leadership meeting here today.
This comes in the midst of speculation of a possible formation of a new ruling coalition comprising Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s PPBM, Umno, PAS and several PKR MPs aligned to Azmin, which may leave DAP sidelined.
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, party vice-president Chang Lih Kang, Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh, Deputy Health Minister Lee Boon Chye and Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil were among those who have already arrived.
Wangsa Maju MP Tan Yee Kew, Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul and Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad were also spotted arriving for the PKR meeting.
Party president Anwar Ibrahim arrived for the meeting at 12.40pm.
Earlier today, Anwar and several Pakatan Harapan leaders had gone to the Prime Minister’s Office hoping to meet Mahathir, only to find that the prime minister was not around.
They then left an hour later, heading to the prime minister’s residence.
Others at the PMO this morning include several members of the Cabinet including Anwar’s wife, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and PPBM Youth leader Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
Anwar is expected to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the Istana Negara later this afternoon.
Yesterday, leaders from PPBM, PAS, Umno and those aligned to Azmin had gathered at a hotel in Petaling Jaya amid intense speculation that a shift in political loyalties would be announced.
Separately, supporters of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim held a prayer session at his home in Bukit Segambut, in Kuala Lumpur, where he lashed out at attempts to betray Pakatan Harapan.