Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he welcomed some Umno leaders’ pledges to throw their support behind him in the Port Dickson by-election. Photo credit: EPA/AHMAD YUSNI

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he welcomed some Umno leaders’ pledges to throw their support behind him in the Port Dickson by-election.

"Why should I be so overconfident or arrogant to say 'no, I don’t need you'. But I’m not saying that therefore our platform, because our party platform, Pakatan platform must be based on certain agenda, certain principles and policies. If they want to do and take initiative on their own, I will say 'welcome'," the incoming PKR president said in an interview with Channel News Asia.

Meanwhile, echoing Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s stance that Umno has no place in the Pakatan Harapan coalition, Anwar however said any Umno leader who wanted to join his party would have to have their background and track record properly vetted.

“It will depend who, how controversial, what dubious deals they were involved in the past," said Anwar.

"I as a person, personally, I’m very forgiving. What they blasted me, or dishonourably, that can be forgotten and forgiven. But when it comes to the deals, they have to explain to the authorities," he said.