Anwar’s Letter Not About Power Transfer, Says Abdullah – BERNAMA

September 16, 2008 18:43 PM

KEPALA BATAS, Sept 16 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Tuesday said a letter he received from Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Monday was about general matters on the current situation of the country and not concerning a power transfer.

“There has been no letter sent to me regarding a power transfer. He (Anwar) sent a letter about general matters on the current situation in the country,” he told a press conference after presenting scholarships and Aidilfitri aid to the needy at Dewan Seri Endon Yayasan Budi Penyayang here.

In KUALA LUMPUR, Anwar Tuesday had claimed that he had sent a letter to the Prime Minister requesting a meeting to discuss a peaceful transfer of power to the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

He claimed that he had enough Members of Parliament to form the new government.

Commenting on Anwar’s claim that he had a list of 31 Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs who had agreed to join Pakatan Rakyat, Abdullah said it was “just his political games” aimed at destabilising the country.

“If he has it, let the people know, let the voters know what he has done to the candidates they voted for,” said the Prime Minister.

Abdullah said he would not be having a meeting with Anwar to discuss the matter because “if he meets me, he will try to pull some other stunt”.

“He then will claim that I agreed to this and that. It is his tactic to continue to remain popular. I do not need to meet him,” he said.

Abdullah urged everyone to pay attention to their own responsibilities and manage their daily affairs and not get carried away by the political developments taking place.

“It’s better to be concentrating on our jobs or businesses. It goes for both the public and private sector,” he said.

Anwar, when asked by reporters about his failure to meet today’s (Sept 16) deadline to topple the BN government as he had he said he would do, said the delay was because he wanted to discuss the power transfer with the Prime Minister first.

— BERNAMA

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