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No rift between Anwar, Mahathir, assures Nurul Izzah

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 14/6/2018 Minderjeet Kaur
Nurul Izzah Anwar wearing a scarf © FMT MEDIA SDN BHD

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar says she is optimistic that the people have put their trust in the party.

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has dismissed rumours of a rift between the party’s de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

She said she had been hearing about the conspiracy theories since she was 18.

“Those days are long gone. I am quite happy and optimistic that people have put their trust in us,” she said after launching a book written by PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang, who is better known as Tian Chua.

She was asked to respond to the comment by an Umno election hopeful, Lokman Noor Adam, who said it was only a matter of time before either Anwar or Mahathir returned to Umno, and the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government broke up.

Lokman, a former PKR insider, said there were signs of unhappiness between Anwar and Mahathir.

Malaysia a polarised nation

Nurul Izzah was also asked about a Straits Times report that only 25% to 30% of Malays voted for PH in the general election last month.

Citing figures from pollster Merdeka Centre, the daily said 35% to 40% of Malays voted for Barisan Nasional (BN) while 30% to 33% supported PAS.

The report said although a higher percentage of Malays voted for PH in Johor and in west coast states such as Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, PH’s overall Malay support was pulled down by its weak performance in Kelantan and Terengganu.

Nurul Izzah admitted that it was not an easy win in the May 9 polls.

“But I am confident that if we continue with a particular agenda to uplift them (Malays) to address their concerns, it will go our way,” she said.

She said Malaysia has always been a polarised nation.

“Thanks to the British, thanks to BN’s policies. So certainly going forward there is much to be done, and we are more than mindful of the (election) results,” she added.

She added she is happy that Anwar is helping to build more Malay support because PH needs different stakeholders playing different roles to ensure the government can bridge the gap in terms of support between the Malays and Chinese and Indians.

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