PH won’t complicate confidence vote in Parliament if pro-rakyat programmes in place – Anwar

OPPOSITION leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he was not offered any position in the cabinet by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob during their meeting in Putrajaya today.

He said the Pakatan Harapan leaders neither discussed about the deputy prime minister position nor was he interested to be part of Ismail Sabri’s cabinet.

“We are not here to demand positions for us. Our issue is specifically to address the Covid-19 issue and the people’s welfare,” he told reporters after the meeting today, reports the NST.

Along with the PKR president, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng also met the prime minister today.

Anwar also praised Ismail Sabri for being open to meeting with him at the invitation of the Prime Minister’s Office today.

Anwar, speaking after the over one-hour meeting, said it signaled a shift from Umno’s policy of “No Anwar, No DAP.”

“I extend my gratitude to Ismail Sabri as he is from Umno and today, he sat for a meeting with me and DAP.

“I joked that it looked like the “No Anwar, No DAP’ stance had changed. This is the spirit of cooperation as decreed by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.”

Anwar also described the meeting as a good starting point for them which enabled the proposal for more effective ways to overcome Covid-19 issues as well as the troubles faced by the poor and unemployed.

He said that Lim had highlighted several economic issues including bank moratorium, while Mohamad touched on the need for new approaches to fight Covid-19 to replace the existing ways which were inefficient.

“We have given our assurance that if the pro-rakyat programmes as well as more effective Covid-19 measures are in place, we do not have a problem in guaranteeing that the situation will be in control.

“There will be more committee-level meetings that will be chaired by our representative centering on what we can agree upon together and steps that should be taken so that the position of the prime minister and the country will be stable. We want the political climate to be peaceful,” said Anwar.

Asked what would be PH’s position should there be a vote on the government’s legitimacy in the next Parliament session, Anwar said they would not complicate matters if the current amicable situation remains and pro-rakyat programmes are in place.

Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri said in a statement that the King’s decree prompted the meeting and discussion at his office.

“The over one-hour meeting was focused on the agenda with the interests of the people in mind, to find the best solutions together to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic, safeguard the lives of the people and protect them from the virus threat, and to lift the people’s economic burden arising from loss of jobs and income.

“Mutual agreements were reached to empower the functions of Parliament as a responsible and constructive institution, check and balance of the executive’s governance for more transparency and meet the peoples’ need.

Ismail Sabri said they agreed and understood the utmost importance of the independence of the judiciary, institutional reform as well as good governance to ensure a more conducive environment for the people and the country in the context of Malaysian Family.