Anwar was offered DPM post after GE13, claims Nurul

Nurul Izzah Anwar

Nurul says Anwar rejected the post outright when BN insisted he ditch his opposition coalition partners, DAP and PAS.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Anwar Ibrahim was offered the position of deputy prime minister to join the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government after the 13th General Election, claimed his daughter Nurul Izzah here last night.

Nurul, the PKR vice-president, claimed the offer was made by Prime Minister and BN national chairman Najib Abdul Razak during Umno-PKR post-election reconciliatory talks to form a unity government in 2013.

However, she said her father rejected the offer when it was conditioned that Anwar’s PKR must ditch its allies – DAP and PAS, and leave the BN rival political block Pakatan Rakyat.

“But he (Anwar) rejected the offer outright because he did not want to abandon his friends in Pakatan,” Nurul told a nightly rally at the Agro Expo Site here Saturday..

The rally is part of PKR’s national road show themed “Rakyat Hakim Negara” (People Are The Nation’s Judges) to show support and solidarity for Anwar, who has been jailed for five years since February 10 on a sodomy conviction.

Nurul Izzah revealed that during the talks, PKR and Pakatan de facto leader Anwar had laid his conditions to Umno that greater efforts must be undertaken to clean up the federal government from rampant corruption.

She said Anwar also wanted assurances that Putrajaya would be pro-active in upgrading the country’s education system and spurring economy growth among other things.

The Lembah Pantai MP alleged that the talks broke down when Putrajaya could not assure Anwar that the federal government would fulfil his demands.