Anwar’s credibility in the limelight after court cluster joint venture confirmed
Analysts say it could affect the trust in the PKR leader although his staunch supporters will continue to back him.
(MalaysiaNow) – The recent confirmation that MPs from the Umno court cluster had thrown their support behind Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister could affect supporters’ trust in the PKR president, analysts say.
Ahmad Atory Hussain of Universiti Sains Malaysia said the collaboration was proof that Anwar had set aside a number of PKR principles in order to work hand in hand with individuals such as Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former prime minister Najib Razak, who are facing scores of corruption charges in court.
He said it also portrayed the Port Dickson MP as desperate to become prime minister, or at the very least to be in the “government cluster”.
“The revelation would definitely have come as a shock, especially among the Umno grassroots, as it was kept a secret and only known among the highest circles,” he said to MalaysiaNow.
He said the top leaders in Umno must have known about the efforts to make Anwar prime minister.
“But maybe the plan was not implemented as many of them did not agree,” he added.
Nevertheless, he said the collaboration between Anwar and Umno leaders might not meet with complete resistance in PKR given that the opposition chief had what he described as “fanatical” supporters who would agree with his every decision.
On Monday, former Umno Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said he had witnessed for himself the statutory declarations signed by MPs from his party in support of Anwar as prime minister.
This was despite Umno’s long held policy of “No DAP, no Anwar”.
Tajuddin said the letters were signed in haste, adding that he himself had been reluctant to put down his name. He said he had only done so out of respect for Zahid as the party president.
MalaysiaNow revealed in October 2020 that Zahid and former leader Najib Razak had written a joint letter to the palace expressing support for Anwar as prime minister.
In the letter dated Oct 11, addressed to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, they said that they, along with “a group of Umno MPs”, were backing Anwar.
Analyst Kartini Aboo Talib said a crisis of integrity in Umno and PKR was nothing out of the ordinary.
She said many of the leaders in both parties were from the same brand of politics and had received similar political upbringings.