Anwar did not invite PAS to join the government

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang had claimed he was approached by ‘certain individuals’ about an offer to join the unity government, but Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said the matter had never been raised or discussed by the top leadership of the coalitions in government.

(FMT) – Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim says the offer that PAS purportedly received to join the unity government did not come from him.

Anwar maintained that this proposal for PAS to join Putrajaya had never been raised or discussed by the top leadership of the coalitions in government.

“I don’t know who (approached PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang). Maybe it was some division leader who reached out to him, but it’s not from me or my leadership,” he told reporters at an event here.

On Saturday, Hadi claimed that “‘certain individuals” had contacted him to collaborate with the government, without revealing the identities of these people.

While Hadi did not explicitly say that he turned the offer down, the Marang MP claimed the offer would not benefit PAS and would only serve to strengthen the government’s position by adding more seats to it.

Yesterday, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man also revealed he was approached by representatives from the unity government with an offer for the party to join the administration.

Meanwhile, asked to comment on menteri besar Sanusi Nor’s claim that Penang belongs to Kedah, Anwar said Sanusi should refer to the Federal Constitution.

Yesterday, Sanusi said Perak and Perlis were the only states that share a border with Kedah.

He said he was awaiting confirmation from the survey and mapping department on this, but said, from what he knows, “Penang belongs to Kedah” and as such there was no need to reclaim it.

“We are not taking it back, they weren’t free (from Kedah), it’s our right,” he said, according to Sinar Harian.