PETALING JAYA,Mar 17: Four opposition MPs and a senator have urged Anwar Ibrahim to strengthen the opposition bloc and not work with kleptocrats.

They said an alliance with any party should be built on the foundation of non-cooperation with kleptocrats.

This comes after the opposition leader announced yesterday that discussions between PKR and Umno on an alliance before the next general election were ongoing, but that “nothing has been formalised yet”.

The four MPs are Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, Warisan Youth chief Mohd Azis Jamman, Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and PSB’s Baru Bian. The senator is DAP’s Liew Chin Tong.

They said the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has not provided a clear direction or plan to solve the economic, health and political crises the country is going through.

“As the PN government has failed to demonstrate its capabilities and commitment to manage the country during the Covid-19 pandemic, the opposition needs to work together and demonstrate leadership by formulating initiatives to help the people,” the statement added.

Anwar had said there were common objectives between PKR and Umno on such issues as Bumiputera privileges, the monarchy and religion.

He also said several Umno MPs supported the talks, although the party itself had not made a decision on any alliance.


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