KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution said during the Pakatan Rakyat's presidential council meeting on Monday, none of Pas leaders present demanded for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to retract or take legal action against the Wall Street Journal over his statement on supporting "all efforts to protect the security of Israel."
Saifuddin told The Mole although Anwar’s statement in the WSJ was discussed during the meeting, they have not decided anything yet.
“We had our meeting yesterday (on Monday) and the leaders have already discussed the statement. We will wait for the response from Anwar himself ,” he said adding the party’s de facto leader is abroad and scheduled to return on Wednesday.
“None of Pas representatives made any demands during the meeting similar to that made by Pas’ Majlis Syura (Council of Religious Elders),” he added.
The Machang MP said PKR will be issuing an official statement regarding Pas’ demands and Anwar’s statement after their monthly political bureau meeting today.
Pas’ spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had urged Anwar to retract his statement as reported by Wall Street Journal.
In a news report in Pas’ newsletter Harakah, Nik Aziz reportedly said, “if it had been wrongly reported or conveyed a different meaning, we advise Anwar Ibrahim to take legal action against WSJ to clear his name.”
PKR Wanita head Zuraida Kamaruddin also said that Anwar is expected to issue a press statement soon regarding the matter.
“I think it is best to let Anwar himself to verify the matter,” she said, declining to comment further.
The Mole had previously reported that Pas leaders are still seeking clarification from Anwar regarding his controversial remarks on protecting the state of Israel.
Meanwhile DAP leaders had decided to keep mum over the matter, regarding it as ‘highly sensitive.’
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said in a text message, “I don’t want to comment on this highly sensitive issue.”
Only its national vice chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw acknowledged that Anwar’s statement had brought an important point of discussion for people.
Nonetheless in a text message reply, Dr Tan said, “we (DAP) have supported the United Nations resolution on Palestine and Israel.’’
“The rights of all parties must be protected including the rights of Palestinians to their territories before the 1967 war.’’
“There must be a peaceful solution for Palestine,” he added.
tunku : no one bother to discuss about this issue. they are only commenting on it individually but when it comes to pakatan, there's no official stand. what does it mean? this is all melodrama by pakatan leaders to cover up the damaged done by it's leader. by right they should had come out with a firm stand that pakatan do not support the state of israel.i am sure they will come up with some "story" later to clear the mess.let us wait and see. nik aziz too will say he had "accepted" anwar's explanation. let us wait for next week to see the dramas.