When asked about her role in the London meeting with Dr Mahathir, Nurul Izzah said, “Let it remain a secret in history.”
25 May 2018
Nurul Izzah stopped Mahathir from quitting Pakatan
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad nearly quit the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition last year, before PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar stopped him with a personal plea.
DAP strategist Liew Chin Tong, in an interview with Oriental Daily today, said Mahathir, 92, had written a letter to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to pull the party from the pact.
The letter was written last year before Mahathir left for London for the Hari Raya holidays.
“It was over differences in opinion on PH’s leadership structure. All four parties could not reach an agreement. Nurul Izzah rushed to London to see Dr Mahathir and managed to convince him to stay,” Liew said in the interview.
Soon after the London meeting, PH named Dr Mahathir as the pact’s chairman while Nurul Izzah’s father Anwar Ibrahim was made de facto leader, and her mother, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, became PH president.
“It was the historic meeting between Nurul Izzah and Dr Mahathir, which changed everything,” Liew told the Chinese daily.
Revealed! How Dr M came close to quitting Harapan
Pakatan Harapan had done the unimaginable. The coalition with a 92-year-old politician at its helm dislodged a regime which had been in power for six decades.
However, a new revelation surfaced on how PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah managed to save the coalition from the brink of disintegration.
Recalling what transpired less than a year ago, Liew Chin Tong said Mahathir, before leaving for London during Aidilfitri, sent a letter to Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin to withdraw the party from Harapan.
According to the DAP political education bureau chief, this was due to the differences over the leadership structure in Harapan and the inability of the four parties to reach a consensus.
Liew said Nurul then rushed to London to meet Mahathir and managed to convince him to remain with the coalition.
“The meeting between Nurul and Mahathir in London was a historic meeting that turned around the whole scenario.
“After the Harapan leadership talks were done, the whole political atmosphere was different,” he told Oriental Daily News.
In July last year, Bersatu strategist Rais Husin told Malaysiakini that the London meeting was to resolve key issues that were holding back Harapan’s registration as a coalition.
However, he declined to reveal details except that the meeting was “all good”.
Nurul also at the time declined to divulge details of the meeting, except that it was to save the nation.
Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said: “Anyone can meet Mahathir but discussions must be done in the Harapan spirit and not as individuals. Maybe, Nurul just went there to spend Hari Raya with Mahathir.”