KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said a vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was never raised by any of its leaders following Pakatan Harapan (PH) defeat in Tanjung Piai by-election.
Speaking to reporters in Parliament, Anwar said the issue of no-confidence vote was raised by those who wanted the no-confidence vote.
"It has never been an issue for us. I call Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president); Mohamad Sabu (Parti Amanah Negara president); Lim Kit Siang (DAP advisor) and Lim Guan Eng (DAP secretary-general) on a daily basis.
"(But) we never talk about no-confidence motion because the solidarity and cooperation among us within PH is strong," he said.
On whispers that his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is Economic Affairs Ninister, was trying to form a new government through backdoor deal, Anwar said he did not entertain rumours.
"I'm using the normal procedure to discuss with Dr Mahathir on anything.
"Many people said DAP has been using PKR, and I have been used by Muhyiddin, Mohamad, Guan Eng and Dr Mahathir as well as by Malaysians."
Anwar also dismissed claims that he had gone to Istana Negara today for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, as fake news.
"Just ignore, it was fake news. I am here (in Parliament) this morning."
Pressed further if he could confirm that no effort had been made to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Anwar replied "No”.
“(But) I had an audience three weeks ago (Nov 16), at Istana Melawati (in Putrajaya).
“We even posted it on Facebook, it is not a secret. I believe, the viral text message was created by the powerless," he said.
Earlier today, a text message purportedly sent by PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil claiming that Anwar was at Istana Negara, had gone viral.
Fahmi in a press conference later said the message circulating on social media since this morning was fake and intended to embarrass him.
“I wish to confirm that I did not circulate the message. That is a despicable, dirty and irresponsible act,” he said.
Fahmi said he would lodge a police report because his name has been used by irresponsible people for a political purpose.