Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim delivers his speech at the Himpunan Merdeka Rakyat at Padang Timur. Pic by MOHD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

KUALA LUMPUR: PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged the public not to question his newfound goodwill with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Why are you jealous because we are okay? We are good to those who are good to us but if you oppress people and steal their money through 1Malaysia Development Bhd we definitely will not be good to you,” he said.

In his first speech since being granted a royal pardon earlier in the day, at a gathering to celebrate Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the 14th general election, Anwar said he would not have supported Dr Mahathir if he was not sure that the PH chairman would reform the country.

Some of the crowd seen waving PKR flags during the Himpunan Merdeka Rakyat. Pic by MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

“We need to deliver a message that Pakatan Harapan is a strong coalition that cannot be shaken. That doesn’t mean we are not open. (But) our support has to be all rounded and solidly united behind Tun Dr Mahathir.

“Don’t entertain the whispers of devils who want to make us fight or split up,” he added.

It was believed that Anwar was referring to PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli and it’s Subang Jaya member of parliament Wong Chen having taken issue with Dr Mahathir’s three-man Cabinet line-up announcement that they claimed was done without the party’s consultation.

A large crowd attended the Himpunan Merdeka Rakyat to celebrate the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Pic by MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

However, Anwar had put paid to any dissent when he announced from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital that the party was strongly behind Dr Mahathir.

Anwar also stressed that the people have made their choice and Dr Mahathir and his ministers must be given the space to administer the country.

He also assured Malays and Bumiputeras that their rights under the new government would not be sidelined, while stressing to all not to be taken with the false propaganda about DAP.

“Felda and UiTM (Universiti Teknologi Mara) will not be threatened but kangkung professors can’t (be accepted).”

Meanwhile, he said that among the world leaders he planned to meet was Turkish president Recep Tayyip Edrogan.

He said he also planned to visit Permatang Pauh.

Also present at the gathering was PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail; Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.--Report by Veena Babulal, Mohd Nasaruddin Parzi and Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim