Anwar vows to stand by opposition bloc

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s main Islamic party will remain loyal to an opposition alliance despite holding secret talks with the prime minister, de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said yesterday.
Anwar is leading a loose alliance of three opposition parties, including Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS), to try to seize power from the government by mid-September. But it was feared that plan could hit snags after Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and PAS leaders said at the weekend that they had held a series of “unity talks”.

Anwar said there was no question of PAS abandoning the opposition bloc. “For now, I have no reason to question the intention of the PAS leadership,” Anwar, who is also under pressure over a sodomy allegation, told a news conference.

“They have given an assurance to me that the collaboration with the opposition remains and is unchanged.” Anwar said the opposition plan to take over power by its self-imposed deadline of September 16 remained on track.

“It is not a question of toppling the government but to ensure that the people win. I have said that I am the prime minister in waiting,” Anwar said.

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