MALAYSIA - Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak last Friday denied that he had made overtures to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his camp to form a "unity" government, saying the opposition leader was imagining things.
But Mr Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, spokesman for Mr Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), insisted that the overtures through former Indonesian vice- president Jusuf Kalla did take place. He said Datuk Seri Najib might be under pressure from his own party to deny them.
The strongly worded statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) was released after several online news media last week quoted Mr Anwar as saying he had met Mr Najib, and the PKR leadership was offered five posts in government, including that of deputy prime minister.
The PMO statement said: "The report that quoted opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar as confirming there was an effort by Datuk Seri Mohd Najib to form a unity government is a 'political statement that is meant to be mischievous'."
It said the Prime Minister will not make such overtures to the opposition as long as the opposition does not accept the results of the May 5 general election.
Mr Najib and his ruling Barisan Nasional coalition managed to cling on to power, but the opposition claimed mass cheating.
Asked about the denial, Mr Nik Nazmi said PKR's leadership was briefed about the overtures a few days ago, and the leaders of its allies - Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and Democratic Action Party - have been informed.
Mr Anwar did not say whether he had accepted or rejected the overtures.