Anwar says ‘not a lackey’, free to air own views

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Anwar insisted that as one of the leaders of Pakatan, he is free to air his personal views on matters of the state. — Picture by Hari Anggara

PETALING JAYA, Aug 17 — PKR incoming president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim assured the public today Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has his full support in leading the country.

Despite that, Anwar insisted that as one of the leaders of Pakatan Harapan (PH), he is free to air his personal views on matters of the state.

“I give my full confidence to Tun Dr Mahathir to lead this country without hindrance.

“But I can express my views of course, as I am not a lackey but one of the leaders,” he said at a press conference after meeting national laureates and academics in his office here today.

Anwar admitted there will always be those who wish to strain his relationship with Dr Mahathir, but added that both men are able to see past that and that they make a “formidable team”

“There are always disparate forces trying to drive a wedge between us. However we are mature enough. We have fought hard battles and been together long enough,” he said.

Anwar was Dr Mahathir’s deputy from 1993 to 1998 before he was sacked by the latter, and latter accused of corruption and sodomy.

Subsequently, Anwar also explained that he is not eager to take the role of prime minister, despite several MPs offering their seats to him.

“Even back 20 years ago I was told that I would be the next prime minister. I am patient enough and it is not an issue.

“Even if I decided to be back in Parliament, I would like to oversee its reforms and affairs first while the prime minister leads the country,” he said.

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