Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Muhyiddin Yassin should not soil his new party by fighting for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s freedom, said the latter’s former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
“Let him (Anwar) serve his sentence. He’ll be released eventually, and may even get out early if he shows good behaviour.
“My advice is not to soil Bersatu, which is as pure as a newborn, with such filth, let alone ask for ‘support’ from a creature that you (Muhyiddin) yourself know the truth of, and had been convicted by the courts,” Saiful was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian.
Saiful reportedly said this in a Facebook posting, in response to Muhyiddin purportedly expressing sympathy for Anwar’s predicament.
Anwar is currently serving five years behind bars after being convicted of sodomising Saiful, a charge that the PKR de facto leader insists is politically motivated.
Muhyiddin was reported to have said on Tuesday that Anwar’s fate could only be determined once there is a change in government leadership.
He purportedly said this in response to requests that he help release Anwar.
“(We need to) free the people through the electoral system. So if there is a change in leadership from among us, together we will be able to think about Anwar’s fate,” Muhyiddin was quoted as saying.
“If we agree that that is an important pre-requisite, it would not be difficult for us to form a new government together in the future.”
Saiful said it is not too late for Muhyiddin to steer Bersatu away from this crusade for Anwar, and that the public wants to know the party’s direction, policies, and ideals, not whether or not it wants to free a convict.
Muhyiddin, he added, should not be concerned about getting support if he’s confident that his new movement is in the right.