BANGI: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has played down calls for him to resign as Opposition Leader after Pakatan Harapan’s disastrous results in the recent Melaka state election.
Anwar acknowledged there were calls for him to resign as Opposition Leader, but said that all views would be taken into account.
“It’s okay, we will look into it. But I just want to remind here that opinions shouldn’t be deemed as arrogant as it could trigger negative reactions,” he said.
Anwar was asked to respond to DAP’s Bilut assemblyman Lee Chin Chen, who urged him to step down as Opposition Leader, and take a back seat following Pakatan’s performance in the Melaka state election.
Anwar was speaking to reporters after attending a book launch programme at Bangi Resort Hotel in Bandar Baru Bangi on Tuesday (Nov 23).
In the Melaka polls, PKR lost all seats it contested while DAP merely won four while Amanah won one seat.
Pakatan only managed to win a total of five seats compared with 15 it won in the 14th general election in 2018.
On Pakatan’s performance in the Melaka polls, Anwar said he would take responsibility, adding that the Opposition’s defeat must be analysed in all aspects.
“We must look at all aspects because it is not as simple as that. Sentiments of the Chinese, Indians, and Malays are different.”
On Monday (Nov 22), Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak criticised Lee for suggesting Anwar to resign as Opposition Leader.
Farhash also said Lee’s attempt to single out Anwar as the leader responsible for Pakatan’s defeat in Melaka was unfair.
Analysts have attributed Pakatan’s defeat in the Melaka polls over its decision to field defecting assemblymen under its banner.
Pakatan had fielded former chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Datuk Nor Azman Hassan as candidates in Asahan and Pantai Kundor respectively, which they both lost.
Previously, Idris led three assemblymen – Nor Azman, Datuk Norhizam Baktee and Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad – to retract support for the Barisan Nasional/Perikatan Nasional state government, triggering its subsequent collapse.
Commenting on Pakatan’s decision to field Idris and Nor Azman, Anwar said it was a decision made by the Melaka Pakatan leadership.
“They were confident that this is the way to return the mandate to Pakatan.
“There were numerous occasions when Pakatan leaders in the state were appealing that we agree on the participation of the four to reinstate the mandate to Pakatan.
“Mohamad Sabu (Amanah president) disagreed… But after a series of meetings, we were persuaded, so in a way, I cannot shy from that responsibility.”
Anwar also said that an independent committee would conduct a post-mortem on Pakatan’s results.
“We want to listen to independent views regarding our results,” he added.
During the Melaka state election, Barisan delivered a landslide victory after it won 21 out of the 28 seats it contested.
Perikatan, on the other hand, won two seats – Sungai Udang and Bemban.