Pakatan’s ‘full mandate’ to Anwar for political talks to reclaim Putrajaya has limits, says PKR official

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council’s conferment of a “full mandate” to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the coalition’s return to federal government is not a carte blanche power to negotiate with just any political group, PKR’s communications director asserts.

(MMO) – Fahmi Fadzil clarified that the power given to the PKR president, who is also PH’s prime ministerial candidate, only allows Anwar to engage in discussions with other Opposition powers not in their coalition and share the same reform goals.

“It refers only to the Opposition, but if there are people aligned to the reform agenda, those who are sick and tired of the [political] instability and want to see a better Malaysia together, I think that is allowed,” Fahmi told Malay Mail when contacted.

The Lembah Pantai MP was responding to questions on the extent of Anwar’s “full mandate” as announced on July 6, and added that it also covers engaging lawmakers who were allied to PH but broke away to join the current ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) and have since had a change of heart.

“For those returning to the fold, it is not out of the question,” Fahmi said, holding out an olive branch to potential allies.

However, he stressed that PKR has “very clear principles” on what it will tolerate and what it will not.

“And for us to immediately accept those who betrayed the cause, it won’t be so easy,” he said, explaining that those seeking to re-partner PH will be scrutinised to find out their real intentions before a decision is made.

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