Anwar fails to court GPS

Anwar Ibrahim

KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has failed in a last ditch effort to get Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to abandon Perikatan Nasional (PN).

Fellow Pakatan Harapan (PH) component parties Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) confirmed this in a statement on Friday (June 19).

Anwar was reported by a Chinese daily to have been in Kuching and met with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg who is also GPS chairman.

Sarawak PKR chief Larry Sng reportedly confirmed that Anwar had visited the state this week.

“Yes, he (Anwar) came to Kuching and had a meeting with Abang Johari. But, it was his private itinerary, hence, it has nothing to do with the party,” he was quoted to have said.

When asked if the visit was to seek GPS support for Pakatan Harapan to retake Putrajaya, Sng declined to comment adding he had no idea what the meeting was about.

DAP and Amanah said in the statement that Anwar was trying to obtain support for him to be prime minister.

“The last ditch effort by Anwar to obtain support from GPS was not successful and the deadline has passed to get the required numbers,” they said.