PETALING JAYA: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (pic) has expressed disappointment over the “humiliation” of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) leaders at the PKR national congress for not holding up placards supporting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister. The Pribumi youth chief said Pribumi and its chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad were attacked at the congress, which was supposed to be a place for unity.
“There was no discussion on who would be the future prime minister.
“When they did not raise the placards like other leaders, they were humiliated in front of the public,” he said in an open letter to Pakatan Harapan leaders on Monday. Pakatan leaders, including DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, were seen holding up “Anwar 7th PM” placards at the PKR convention on Sunday, but Dr Mahathir continued using his mobile phone while Pribumi president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin merely smiled and clapped his hands. Syed Saddiq said the support of Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin and vice-president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir to free Anwar was evident when they signed a campaign calling for his release. However, he said this was ignored and Pribumi’s top leaders were “forced” and “trapped” to state their support for PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Anwar as the seventh prime minister of Malaysia.
Syed Saddiq questioned the true motive behind the placard stunt. “Do they think the people’s support, especially from the Malays, will be with them with this kind of attitude which could damage the strength of Pakatan? Do they not want to work with Pribumi anymore? How sincere are they in accepting Pribumi?” he asked.