PAS has claimed that the message conveyed in the social media post featuring the courtesy call by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) “is not in sync with the official statement of the National palace”.
In fact, Anwar’s statement “which bears political connotation and somewhat cynical in style” was initially uploaded with an archive photo about two hours earlier than the official statement from the National palace.
“Such action gives the impression as if Anwar is in a desperate situation to immediately upload the message until it precedes the official statement from the Istana Negara,” penned PAS Youth deputy president Hanif Jamaluddin on the movement’s Facebook page.
“In the meantime, what the Agong has expressed in Anwar’s post was not even mentioned in the official statement of the National Palace.”
More specifically, PAS information chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari pointed to Anwar’s mention of the King’s assurance of the National Palace’s non-involvement in the country’s political affairs which was never mentioned in the official statement by the National Palace.
“PMX also wrote about donations of RM500 mil and RM750 mil which the National Palace made no mention about in its official statement. Who wants to donate? Is PMX ‘subtly suggesting’ to the Agong not to accept any donation that is coming his way but to channel it for charitable cause instead? Or is that actually a ‘warning’ from PMX?”
The Pasir Mas MP further wondered if Anwar has specific information on the sum of RM500 mil and RM750 mil which he has mentioned in his social media post.
“If there is specific information, then PMX should just reveal it instead of repeating the gambling fund issue that was only intended to smear the reputation of Perikatan Nasional (PN) for it has yet to be proven a year after the allegation was made.”
Elaborating on the so-called RM500 mil and RM750 mil donation, PAS Youth Hanif suspected that Anwar has been deceived by a slanderous story on a private blog that links the Agong with bribery by the opposition bloc to bring down the unity government.
“If this is true, PAS Youth is upset with the PM who arbitrarily believes in rumours that he heard. Gone is the ‘not sure, don’t share’ stance echoed by the unity government.”
Added Hanif: “This situation indirectly highlights Anwar ‘s rudeness towards the Agong by excessively precedes the Agong in any statement and arbitrarily drags His Majesty into his political sentiments.” – Jan 11, 2024