Kuala Lumpur, Nov 23 — PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has downplayed calls for him to resign as leader of the opposition coalition following Pakatan Harapan’s devastating loss at the Melaka polls, which saw his party lose every single seat it contested.
Anwar said the buck stops with him when it came to the issue of PH welcoming two former Umno assemblymen into its fold – which some attributed as a factor to the coalition’s loss in Saturday’s elections.
Pakatan Harapan only managed to win five of the 28 seats, leading to Pahang DAP secretary Lee Chin Chen calling for Anwar to step down.
Anwar, however, brushed it off as an “opinion”.
“It is just an opinion, but as I said before, in giving such views, we should not be seen as arrogant.”
Anwar said one needed to look at the “facts” and not simply arrive at a conclusion, saying things were not as simple as they were made out to be.
He further explained that it was Melaka PH that proposed to accept former Melaka chief minister Idris Haron and Nor Azman Hassan as candidates, saying that while some in the coalition did not agree, Melaka PH was confident the duo could help the opposition win the elections.
“After a series of meetings, we were persuaded,” he said, referring to Amanah and DAP leaders, adding that they too had their reservations.
“So, in a way, I cannot shirk from that responsibility.”
Anwar also stated that he had instructed an independent committee to conduct a post-mortem on the Melaka polls, besides directing the Melaka state leadership to carry one out.