Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting alleges plot to topple government – dpa international


Anwar Ibrahim, the designated successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, accused members of Malaysia’s governing coalition of betrayal as a series of all-day party meetings fuelled speculation that a new government could be formed at his expense.

“We are waiting for further information, but there were attempts to bring down the Pakatan government involving our former friend Bersatu (the party led by Mahathir and one of four governing coalition parties) and a small faction from PKR (the coalition party led by Anwar) who has betrayed us,” Anwar said, in a video posted on Facebook.

The Sunday meetings involved leaders of some of the governing factions and representatives of two opposition parties, in what Anwar’s supporters believe to be an attempt to oust some of the incumbent Alliance of Hope coalition.

Mahathir, 94, the world’s oldest head of government, agreed to hand over the premiership to Anwar, a longtime rival, within two years of their alliance’s shock election win in 2018.

However Mahathir refused to confirm a handover date and later said he wants to stay on until Malaysia’s hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.

On Friday, after a meeting with Anwar and other alliance leaders, Mahathir said that his governing partners would leave it to him to decide when he will step down.

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