Support for Anwar will erode if Nazri's offer accepted, warns Ramkarpal

14 Sep 2018, 7:14 am

Updated 2 years ago


A DAP lawmaker has warned Anwar Ibrahim of the consequences should he accept former minister Nazri Abdul Aziz's offer to campaign for him in the Port Dickson by-election.

Ramkarpal Singh said it would be wrong for both PKR and Pakatan Harapan to embrace the Umno man, who obviously has an ulterior motive for extending his assistance.

He noted how some have suggested that Nazri is hoping to return to government.

“It is well known that Nazri was always a vocal Harapan critic when he was in government and has only changed his stance now that he is not. There can be no doubt that Nazri is an opportunist.

“Why not accept (former premier) Najib (Abdul Razak) as part of the campaign as well if he was to offer his support?” he added in a statement this afternoon.

The Bukit Gelugor MP said that Anwar would be doing a great disservice if he accepted Nazri's offer.

“Harapan or PKR would be disillusioning the voters by accepting his support. They voted a new government. They don’t want people like Nazri anywhere near that new government.

“Anwar would be doing a great disservice to the people and would see a drop in support if he accepts Nazri as part of his campaign. Hopefully, he doesn't lose as a result,” he added.

Yesterday, the former tourism and culture minister told Malaysiakini that he wanted to campaign for Anwar as he believed it would be in Umno's best interest to do so.

“I don’t foresee Umno being in government in the near future but there is some common thinking among Umno MPs that we should come back into government as early as possible.

“The only way to do that is to work with PKR... so we should show some goodwill... if we want to form the government, let Anwar win,” he said.

On Wednesday, PKR's Danyal Balagopal Abdullah announced that he would vacate the Port Dickson seat to allow Anwar to contest in the by-election and return to Parliament.