Pejuang won’t join ‘big tent’ if led by Anwar, says Dr M

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PETALING JAYA: Pejuang chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the party will continue to reject working under a grand opposition coalition with Pakatan Harapan if it is led by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

The former prime minister admitted that all opposition parties needed to work together, in what has been dubbed the “big tent”, if they wanted to prevent a Barisan Nasional victory in GE15.

However, he told Utusan Malaysia that Pejuang will not link up in this grand coalition if it was led by Anwar or Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin, describing them as leaders with personal agendas.

“Yes, if it’s possible, there should be a ‘big tent’ as the country is going through so many problems … especially the Malays, (who) have a lot of problems. But we have to find someone who is unswerving,” he said.

Asked why Muhyiddin and Anwar were not fit to lead the big tent, he simply said they were “not straight”.

“Anwar doesn’t have the support. He has announced that he wants to be the prime minister several times, but it didn’t come to pass because he didn’t have the support,” he said.

Mahathir said that if it was not for Anwar’s own push for the top post in 2020, he would have continued being the prime minister with PH still in power and Barisan Nasional kept out of Putrajaya.

“If it wasn’t for him, I would still be prime minister today (leading the PH government),” he said.

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