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'Historic handshake' will backfire: Nur Jazlan

  • Nur Jazlan says the "historic handshake" between Mahathir and Anwar will eventually backfire, as many disillusioned PKR members will leave the party en masse.

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 6 (MySinchew) -- Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed feels that the "historic handshake" between former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his sworn rival PKR advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, will eventually backfire, as many disillusioned PKR members will leave the party.

He told the media this would not help promote greater unity among the opposition parties, but would instead boost the chances of BN/Umno in the coming general elections.

"He (Mahathir) seems to have forgotten that many people left Umno about 20 years ago because they were unhappy with what he did to Anwar Ibrahim."

Nur Jazlan, who is also the deputy home minister, said in a media conference today that Mahathir's meeting with Anwar at the court yesterday would frustrate many PKR members.

He said Mahathir was well aware that he couldn't get widespread support from the people while many young people might not know him, so he had to lean towards Anwar.

"The society today is very different from when he was the PM. He knows he is at a disadvantage and hopes to use this to unite the opposition parties."

 

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