Anwar, Nurul Izzah call on Johor Sultan in closed-door meet

Ben Tan
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar briefing the Johor PKR leadership upon her arrival at the Senai International Airport in Johor Baru last night. — Picture courtesy of Johor Pakatan Harapan source

KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his daughter PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar had an audience with Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar last night.

The closed-door event was held at Sultan Ibrahim’s private palace in Istana Pasir Pelangi at Jalan Pasir Pelangi in Johor Baru at 10.50pm.

A source with a Johor PH component party told Malay Mail that Anwar attended the closed-door event accompanied by Nurul Izzah and Johor PKR secretary Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar, who is also a newly-appointed Johor executive committee chairman.

“However, only Anwar and Nurul Izzah met with Sultan Ibrahim and also the Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibrahim for about an hour plus where they had a meal together.

“However, there are no details as it is considered a private meeting between the Johor royal family and the PKR leadership,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

Earlier, both Anwar and Nurul Izzah were personally flown in the Johor ruler’s private jet from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang to Senai International Airport in Johor at the behest of the state ruler.

They arrived in Johor Baru at about 10.15pm.

Upon touch-down at Senai International Airport, Nurul Izzah had a briefing with several Johor PKR leaders in the airport’s business lounge area.

Present to welcome the Anwar and Nurul Izzah were Johor PKR chief Hassan Abdul Karim, his deputy chief Jimmy Phua Wee Tse, and also its vice-chief Natrah Ismail. Several other senior state PKR members were also present.

“It was a short briefing session lasting about 15 minutes where Nurul Izzah said the Johor PKR leadership on the urgent need to implement the promises made during the 14th general election manifesto.

“At the same time, she also reminded those present in the need to uphold the PH’s reform agenda,” said the source.

It is unclear as to the purpose of the meeting, but Anwar has stated he will be travelling for a fair bit before actively taking part in politics again.

Anwar, who is designated to be the next prime minister, was given a full royal pardon last Wednesday after serving a jail term for sodomy on what he claimed to be politically motivated charges.

He had earlier escorted his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was sworn in as the country’s first female deputy prime minister, in addition to minister for women’s affairs, in Istana Negara.