Ex-PM portrays the PKR leader as being stumped by the problem.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed that he had received a call from PKR president Anwar Ibrahim recently and that they discussed the country’s current political and health crisis.
However, he portrayed Anwar as being stumped by the problem.
“He seemed to be unable to suggest anything that we could do to solve the problems we are facing, so I suggested maybe we should write to the Agong,” the nonagenarian said in an online press conference today.
Sin Chew Daily reported that the phone call took place on the night of May 28.
Mahathir said he subsequently wrote to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong seeking an audience which he believed led to the meetings at the palace yesterday and today between the monarch and various political party leaders.
Mahathir and Anwar had a second falling out after the Pakatan Harapan government collapsed last year.
Prior to that, Mahathir was supposed to handing over the reins of government to Anwar.
The former was given more time but the Harapan government collapsed before the transition could be set into motion.
Efforts for the two to form a pact after that have not succeeded with Mahathir being adamant that his new party Pejuang will not ally with the Anwar-led Harapan.
Relating how the phone call happened, Mahathir said the PKR president had called up his son Mukhriz first.
“He rang up Mukhriz saying he wanted to talk to me
“Mukhriz then asked me if I’m prepared to talk to him and I said yes,” said Mahathir.
Asked whether there was any talk about teaming up against Perikatan Nasional, the former prime minister said he could not recall any substantial discussion on that point.
By : ZIKRI KAMARULZAMAN – MALAYSIAKINI