Former Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir today revealed that PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim had tried to engineer a no-confidence vote to topple Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.
In a statement slamming PKR leaders for their recent remarks blaming his father for the collapse of the PH government, Mukhriz said the claim was made by PAS’ Tumpat MP, Che Abdullah Mat Nawi.
“Che Abdullah Mat Nawi of PAS has revealed that Anwar Ibrahim tried to get support from PAS for a vote of no confidence against Mahathir when PH was still the government. This is back-stabbing,” said Mukhriz, the Jerlun MP who is part of the Pejuang bloc.
MalaysiaNow is trying to get more details of the claim from Che Abdullah.
Mukhriz in his statement defended his father’s 22-month administration, in the wake of a claim by Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, an Anwar loyalist in PKR who is also the Setiawangsa MP, that his party boss had snubbed an invitation to be part of the Sheraton Move last year.
“PKR should not pretend that its leaders were sincere and kind while PH was in power,” Mukhriz said.
“I condemn any assumption or allegation that Dr Mahathir Mohamad had at any time done wrong or acted unethically, including when Umno MPs joined Bersatu and PH,” he added.
The so-called Sheraton Move refers to a plan to bring down the PH government, a move seen as part of a greater plan to prevent Anwar from becoming the prime minister.
Anwar was promised the top post under a deal agreed to by PH before the 2018 general election. The handover from Mahathir however did not take place.