Amid split, Anwar says to listen to party first before commenting further

Yiswaree Palansamy

PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaks to reporters during the PKR retreat in Port Dickson July 20, 2019. ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

PORT DICKSON, July 20 — PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said he was advised by his party members to refrain from making any media statements, until the end of the party’s three-day leaders retreat.

The Port Dickson MP said that he was advised to first gather all the feedback given by his party members, before speaking to the press.

“They advised me; don’t make any statements until negotiations with all, so I abide by their view.

“So until the retreat is over, listen to (their) views (first), then only we will make comments,” Anwar told media members here

Anwar was asked to comment on several issues, notably the ongoing mudslinging between him and his deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, the latter who is now implicated in a series of sex videos.

Police investigations are ongoing over the sex video scandal, but the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador on Thursday, clarified that Cybersecurity Malaysia’s analysis on the video found that there is a high likelihood of the video being authentic but that the facial recognition process returned negative results on those seen in the video.

The IGP had also said the police’s investigation has shown that a leader of a political party had led a notorious pact to embarrass and tarnish an individual’s reputation via a video created by quarters that were hired with hundreds of thousands of ringgit.

After the IGP’s statement, Azmin’s supporters planned a ceremony tomorrow, for thanksgiving prayers over his alleged victory in rejecting politics using slander in the sex video scandal.

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