Anwar disappointed with PKR-Muda clash, vague on future ties

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PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has expressed disappointment with the clash of candidates from PKR and Muda contesting the Larkin state seat in Johor.

“In Pakatan Harapan (PH), we have no problem. We negotiate and argue in the meeting, but in the end, we hold on to the spirit of friendship,” said Anwar, who is PKR president. “This didn’t happen in Larkin. Of course, I’m disappointed.”

PKR is fielding Dr Zamil Najwah Arbain, 48, while Muda is represented by Rasid Abu Bakar, 28, in a six-cornered fight. The other candidates are Mohamad Riadz Mohamad (Pejuang), Zulkifli Bujang (Perikatan Nasional), Mohd Hairi Md Shah (Barisan Nasional), and Norramadan Buan (independent).

Asked if the clash would split the votes, Anwar suggested that voters should evaluate “the real position” where they need an opposition that is strong, consistent, and can’t be bought or bribed by anyone.

However, Anwar did not give a firm response when asked if PKR would reconsider its friendship with Muda after the Larkin clash. He said his party would continue to strengthen its ties with DAP and Amanah, its partners in PH.

He also said PH has not decided on the coalition’s menteri besar candidate.

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