PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had an audience with the Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Al-Yamamah Palace on Saturday (Oct 21).
Some of Anwar’s supporters are drooling over the audience which contrasts with his previous Umrah trip, where he did not meet top royal family members.
In March this year, PAS and Perikatan Nasional along with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad’s supporters flooded the internet claiming Anwar had failed in his Saudi visit. They threw all sorts of theories, pointing to Anwar not meeting with King Salman or the Crown Prince Mohammed affectionately known as MBS.
On TikTok, some influencers wrote, “Shameful history of the nation, unable to meet three main leaders of Saudi Arabia, sympathies Anwar.”
@adillayussof Sejarah Memalukan Negara, Tidak Dapat Jumpa 3 Pemimpin Utama Arab Saudi Anwar Dukacita #anwaribrahim #arabsaudi #pmx #kerajaanmadani #perdanamengeri ♬ Kong Kali Kong – Verse – Floor 88 & Namiey
In a TikTok video last month, Dr Mahathir was heard commenting on the March visit by Anwar to Saudi Arabia. He said there must have been many reasons why the Saudi King or MBS ‘refused’ to meet Anwar.
@malaysiatribune Tun M kata mungkin ada sebab Arab Saudi tidak mahu jumpa Anwar #tunm #yayasankepimpinanperdana #mahathirmohamad #mahathir #pm #pmx #anwar #arabsaudi ♬ original sound – malaysia tribune
Yesterday (Oct 21), Anwar had a four-eye meeting thanks to the MBS’ ‘personal’ invitation to Anwar after Saudi Arabia hosted the first-ever Asean-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in the capital here on Friday (Oct 20).
MBS and Anwar discussed the ongoing Palestinian-Israel conflict that flared up again on Oct 7.
On the X platform, @RashidYusoff11 said:
[Ini Yang Berlaku Tatkala PM-X Tiba Di Istana Al-Yamamah Utk Menghadap Putera Mahkota Arab Saudi]
Putera Mahkota merangkap Perdana Menteri Arab Saudi, Mohammed bin Salman memberikan sambutan negara kpd PM @anwaribrahim di Istana Al-Yamamah sebentar tadi.
Meriah dan mewah! pic.twitter.com/zp8ytrykU6
— Rashid Yusoff (@RashidYusoff11) October 21, 2023
(This is what happened when PMX arrived at Al-Yamamah Palace to meet MBS.
(MBS and King Salman gave a national welcome to Anwar at Istana Al-Yamamah a while ago. Festive and luxurious!)
However, a user, @twt_lutfi asked why the PM’s or Pakatan Harapan’s media and information services did not spread the video of Anwar meeting MBS all over the social media landscape.
Video macam ni kalau sanusi or haji hadi, kompom ramai geng sana repost edit masuk tiktok 10hari 10malam. Tapi team kerajaan ni slow amat aku perati.
— Lutfi.Azmi (@twt_lutfi) October 21, 2023
(This kind of video if it was about Kedah MB Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor or Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang, there would be many of their gangs who would repost the edits on TikTok for 10 days and 10 nights. But the government team is very slow.)
As for @daddydon65, he was more clear in his message to opposition parties.
Dulu ada gerombolan yang kutuk PMX tak dapat jumpa MBS bagai. Namun Allah Maha Mengetahui dan sekarang dengan segala hormat PMX diberi sambutan negara oleh MBS.
Chief lebai mereka tu tanah Arab pun tak boleh pijak lagi nak sembang. Dasar setan semua tu.@PASPusat
— @daddydon (@daddydon65) October 21, 2023
(Before that, there was a mob that humiliated Anwar for not being able to meet MBS. But God knows best and now with all due respect, Anwar is given a national welcome by MBS.
(Their chief cleric can’t even set foot on Arab soil, yet they talk nonsense. They’re all a bunch of hypocrites, @PASPusat.) – Oct 22, 2023
Main photo credit: PMO