“We are still waiting for [the defectors'] reactions before releasing the information publicly. We will make a public exposé in the near future.”
PARTY Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, claiming that RM2 million and multi-million ringgit government contracts had been offered to elected representatives who left the party. He said PKR had “solid testimony” and evidence.
Anwar made his statement in the run-up to the party’s sixth national congress in Kota Baru at the end of May 2010. (Source: Anwar to expose millionaire turncoats, Malaysiakini, 28 May 2010)
“You can say whatever you like, [it] doesn’t matter. I will enjoy myself. I will take my time.”
Anwar, refusing to disclose the evidence he claimed the party had when pressed by the media. He said he would only do so after Umno responded to his allegations. (Source: RM2mil defections: Anwar says he’s ‘enjoying the suspense’, Malaysiakini, 30 May 2010)
“Just wait till tomorrow … this announcement will ‘add value’ to Pakatan Rakyat and have a big impact [on] the three by-elections.”
PKR elections strategist Saifuddin Nasution, claiming that Anwar would reveal “something big” during the Bukit Selambau by-election campaign in April 2009.
Despite the hype, it was revealed the next day that People’s Progressive Party (PPP) vice-president V Nagarajan was defecting to PKR along with six PPP divisions in Kedah. The “shocking” announcement that was supposed to have a direct or indirect bearing on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was never made. (Source: All abuzz over Anwar’s big announcement tomorrow, Malaysiakini, 3 April 2009)
“We name them now and they get harassed immediately. So I’m telling you now that I will choose to confide in the prime minister.”
Anwar, during a packed press conference where he reiterated that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had the required number of defectors to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government on 16 Sept 2008. However, he refused to provide the list of Members of Parliament who would be defecting to the PR, saying it could only be done at the “right opportune moment”. (Source: Anwar: We’ve more than 31 defectors, Malaysiakini, 16 Sept 2008)
“It keeps increasing by the hour … seriously. I’m not joking. This morning, I received a signed note from another member. What do you want to know? You want to know if we have the numbers. We’ve the numbers!”
Anwar, at the same press conference. He also claimed that among the BN defectors were ministers and their deputies.
However, former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi refused to meet Anwar, and challenged him to reveal the list of defectors instead. Subsequently, the anticipated 16 Sept takeover did not take place, to the disappointment of PR supporters. The list was also never revealed. (Source: Anwar: We’ve more than 31 defectors, Malaysiakini, 16 Sept 2008)
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