Anwar: Najib asked me to make a deal but fell silent after I asked him to call Dr M instead

Mohd Noor Aswad

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has revealed how former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had called him on the night Barisan Nasional (BN) lost power to “make an arrangement”. Anwar, however, said Najib fell silent after he was directed to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "He was going on and on saying this – there are possibilities of having some sort of arrangement because we (BN) are not satisfied with the results of the election. "Finally, I said look, I am still technically in prison... This is going to be your last call to me, after this, you are going to deal with Mahathir. "Then he became a bit quiet for a while," he said in an interview with ThaiPBS. Interviewer Suthichai Yoon also asked if Anwar had slammed the door completely shut on possible co-operation with BN after the 14th General Election results were announced. To his, he said his message to Najib was that he should concede defeat first and that discussions, if any, could come later. Anwar said Najib indicated that he was prepared to discuss and negotiate. “However, I didn't entertain this. “Our mandate was very clear, we won a clear majority. (I told him) this (discussion) would come later. "If you want to, you have to discuss with Mahathir, he kept quiet... nothing," he said. Anwar said despite his advice to Najib to concede defeat, the outgoing prime minister still put it off until the next morning. "He refused (to concede) until the next morning at around 11am, and even then he was a bit combative. "It was actually due to his plain arrogance that invited this sort of backlash," he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd