Malaysian gov't denies unity talks between PM and opposition leader

Malaysian gov
# 16 August 2013 21:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's office on Friday denied media reports that Najib and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim were in talks to form a coalition government, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The local Star newspaper quoted a statement by the PM's office as saying that there has been no effort at all to form a unity government.

Several local news portals have quoted Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, as saying earlier this week that he and Najib has embarked on such talks, facilitated by former Indonesian Vice- President Jusuf Kalla.

The PM's office brushed off the reports, saying such discussion could not happen as long as Anwar and the opposition continued to reject and question the results of the general election in May.

The general election on May 5 saw Najib's ruling coalition retained power with a less majority. The oppositions have cried foul on alleged electoral fraud and Anwar has refused to recognize the election results.

Najib's office said Jusuf had helped broker a deal between Najib and Anwar before the general election that both would accept the outcome of the elections.

"However, Anwar refused to do so and claimed that there was cheating in the 13th general election process."

"Therefore, Anwar's statement confirming that there are new overtures towards forming a unity government is fictitious in the interests of the opposition especially its leader," the statement said.