No plot here to prevent Anwar from becoming prime minister: Wan Azizah

Veena Babulal, Nadia Hamid

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has dismissed mounting rumours that there is a conspiracy to foil her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to become Prime Minister.

In distancing herself from the theory which is fast gaining momentum, Dr Wan Azizah had asked the press why they chose to focus on conspiracy theories.

“We are free now, we are independent. Why are you talking about these plots? Don’t simply make accusations,” she said.

The outgoing PKR president also artfully dodged question on whether she trusted Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who several PKR members have claimed, is at the heart of the ‘masterplan’ to foil Anwar’s dream of becoming Prime Minister.

“Look, we formed the government together. We have to ensure the success of this new government as how we have succeeded in changing the government after 61 years.

“I am asking all Malaysians to come together to help Malaysia succeed, especially as Independence Day is approaching,” she said after performing Aidiladha prayers.

Earlier PKR’s Ijok assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad claimed Dr Mahathir and Tun Daim Zainuddin had nefariously “sponsored” some PKR leaders and used them as puppets destroy the party from within.

Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani had also claimed that Dr Mahathir and Daim, assisted by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, were behind a movement to prevent Anwar from becoming a prime minister.

Abdullah has since retracted his statement and issued an apology to Dr Mahathir

The PKR leader however retracted the statement and issued a letter of apology to Dr Mahathir on Aug 21.

Meanwhile Dr Wan Azizah said that the restrictions barring candidates from holding big events is meant for all candidates and not just selected individuals after claims were made that the ruling was directed at Rafizi Ramli, who is in the running for the deputy president post, and known for his flamboyant events that draw big crowds.

PKR has introduced a new set of strict regulations for its party election candidates, which includes barring them from conducting ceramah or large feasts attended by more than 100 people. Candidates who breach these new regulations run the risk of disciplinary action or being barred from contesting in the party polls altogether. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd