Sheraton move offer to Anwar is news to us, says DAP

(From left) Lim Kit Siang and Liew Chin Tong say they have never heard of the offer to Anwar Ibrahim. – FMT Pix

By John Isaac

DAP is unaware of any attempt by the Sheraton Move conspirators to get the support of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to topple the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in February last year.

Party veteran Lim Kit Siang said the revelation by PKR MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad yesterday was the first time he had heard of the purported offer being made to Anwar and PKR.

“This is news to me. It’s the first time that I have heard that Anwar Ibrahim was approached to be part of the conspiracy to topple the PH government, and that he rejected the offer and chose to remain loyal to PH,” he said in a statement carried by FMT.

“I have met Anwar several times in the week after the Sheraton Move in February last year as well in the following months, but Anwar had never mentioned this version to me.”

Meanwhile, DAP political education director Liew Chin Tong said he was involved in many meetings with Anwar’s inner circle a week after the Sheraton Move but never came across this news.

“The idea of inviting Anwar to form a government without DAP was never raised because the original aim of the Sheraton Move was to remove Anwar from the equation,” he said.

In an interview with the Malaysian Insight yesterday, Nik Nazmi said Anwar decided to remain with PH and had rejected the opportunity to be in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government along with PPBM, Umno and PAS.

“The Sheraton Move backers only wanted PKR, and not DAP,” he reportedly said.

Nik Nazmi was commenting on the possibility of PKR and Umno collaborating in the coming 15th general election to position Anwar as the next prime minister.

He said had Anwar wanted to be prime minister, he could have done so then.

Commenting on the PH power transition plan that was agreed to by then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar, Nik Nazmi said Mahathir had undermined this deal by taking active steps to consolidate his power further.

“The two-year agreement about Anwar becoming the prime minister was a big eyewash because Dr Mahathir lured Umno MPs into PPBM to secure his position, even when PKR had enough numbers to form the government,” he said.

Nik Nazmi said there was no need to get MPs to switch at that time as PH had the majority in Parliament, and could govern without any problem.

He said when Umno MPs started jumping, there were rumblings among component members that Mahathir was reneging on the deal with Anwar.

“Obviously, in hindsight, it was,’’ he said.