KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reiterated that his family supports Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership as prime minister.
His statement was made on the heels of stinging comments by daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar against the country’s top leader. Izzah, in an interview with the Straits Times, had said she was having a hard time working with Dr Mahathir, whom she labelled as “a former dictator who had wreaked so much damage.”
For instance, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had apparently labelled Izzah as a “crybaby” in a tweet, while the prime minister’s political secretary Abu Bakar Yahya said Nurul Izzah was “immature, irrational, and emotional” in comprehending the stand of Dr Mahathir and the government.
Her comments drew veiled brickbats from her colleagues, as well as criticisms by Dr Mahathir’s loyalists.
Anwar, who had been touted as the next prime minister, said Dr Mahathir’s move to oust the previous government and saved the country from “robbery” was his biggest contribution to the nation.
Anwar however, defended Izzah’ comments and said the issue was magnified by the Straits Times.
On Abu Bakar’s statement, Anwar said: “That’s okay. That is his views on the matter. This is also a reminder for everyone to continue adhering to the consensus we had reached.”
“I hope with this explanation, things will be better. Each of us has a huge task to do, the economy for example. Do not have to be preoccupied on this.”