PETALING JAYA: Anwar Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has submitted his resignation as prime minister, has nothing to do with the attempt to form a new coalition with the opposition.
The PKR president said that Mahathir had stressed on this when they met earlier today.
“He reiterated what he said to me earlier, that he played no part in it.
“He made it very clear that in no way will he ever work with those associated with the past regime,” he told reporters when met at the party’s headquarters here.
Anwar also said that Mahathir’s name had been used by those in PKR and outside the party.
“He thought he shouldn’t be treated in that manner… to be associated with those who are corrupt,” said Anwar.
Anwar said that he had a meeting with Mahathir earlier today at which he had appealed to Mahathir to stay on as Prime Minister.
“I was with him and I was informed (about his decision to resign) but I couldn’t announce it until it was released publicly. I did appeal to him (to stay) on behalf of Keadilan (PKR) and Pakatan (Harapan),” he told reporters after having an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, at Istana Negara this afternoon.
Asked about the outcome of the audience with the King, Anwar said it was just a meeting to express his views and a general discussion in the interest of the country, peace and stability.
Anwar said any changes to the government would be made after Dr Mahathir went to the palace this evening.
When asked whether he would be the eighth Prime Minister, he replied: “We will see.”
The PKR leader said he was not sure of Pakatan Harapan’s future, or whether he would be the next prime minister, but added that it was important to follow the due process.
“Meeting with the King is important, and we need to respect that process,” said Anwar.
The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Mahathir had submitted his resignation letter at 1pm.
PPBM, PAS, Umno and those aligned with former PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali met yesterday amid speculation that a shift in political loyalties would be announced.