Anwar to spring big surprise ‘related to Najib’ tomorrow

By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is back in town and promises a big announcement in his ceramah tomorrow night that "is directly or indirectly related to Najib".

Strategist Saifuddin Nasution told reporters this when quizzed over whether the "surprise announcement" would be on defections from Barisan Nasional.

The Machang MP's statement is consistent with the amount of pressure Pakatan Rakyat has been heaping on newly-installed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

This includes a petition to the King stating Najib's alleged involvement in the murder of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shariibuu and huge commissions paid out in the government purchase of Scorpene submarines, signed by all 81 PR MPs.

"The announcement is based on initial reactions we have received concerning his appointment," he added.

Saifuddin would not give details of the announcement but does not rule out the return of V. Arumugam, who vacated the Bukit Selambau seat, "as a possibility." He did however say the announcement would "have a huge impact in the Bukit Selambau campaign and may be the deciding factor".

Arumugam had vacated the state seat as well as his state executive council position while PR has been alleging that he was being induced by Barisan Nasional to cross over and added that his personal safety was threatened.

There were also rumours that Arumugam was forced to resign over claims of bigamy.

During the campaign period, rumours had also surfaced that Arumugam would return to clear the air over his resignation as he has been missing since he quit on Feb 8.

Saifuddin advised the media to be at the ceramah tomorrow night because "if you miss this, then your editors will be very angry".