Where will Dr M sit?

A Bersatu insider said the Langkawi MP did not want to be seated on the government bench because “he does not want to sit with the kleptocrats”. But those in PKR do not want to engage him anymore. They feel betrayed.

Joceline Tan, The Star

There will be no debates or motions at next month’s Parliament meeting but there will be a numbers game which Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin intends to win.

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been to the Prime Minister’s office many times in the last two years but his most recent visit was perhaps the most controversial.

Hours after the Opposition Leader emerged from his meeting with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the rumours and accusations started flying that Anwar was giving the new government too much face and even that he was cutting a deal with the Prime Minister.

His PKR comrades were upset that the visit would be construed as endorsing what the Pakatan Harapan Opposition has labelled as a backdoor government.

It was apparently none of the above and Anwar, said his long-time friend Prof Datuk Dr Redzuan Othman, had initially resisted the meeting because of the implications involved.

Anwar only went after being persuaded by several emissaries and he has since insisted that he met Muhyiddin in the context of the coronavirus crisis and in the national interest.

Whichever way one looks at it, the meeting sends a powerful message of some sort of detente between two adversaries, that you can be on opposite sides and still have discussions.

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