|Mar 10, 09 8:50pm|
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today had lunch with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim at a function in Hulu Langat, Selangor.
The presence of the two leaders at the same table raised eyebrows as well as questions on whether the outgoing premier and the waiting-to-be premier are working on a political pact.
While some in the opposition camp, including PKR Youth chief Shamsul Iskandar Md Akim, have denied that there was a "secret meeting" between the duo, this however has not been able to stop the speculation.
And the question is ultimately linked to the transition of power between Abdullah and incoming premier Najib Abdul Razak, which is slated to take place later this month.
It is common knowledge that Abdullah has been arm-twisted into handing over the reins following Barisan Nasional's disastrous performance in the last elections.
On the same note, it is also an open secret that the opposition would prefer Abdullah at the helm instead of his deputy.
The lunch between the two leaders took place at a the house of a religious school head some three hours before Najib unveiled the RM60 billion stimulus package in Parliament at 4pm.
Abdullah and Anwar, both of whom are known for their religious credentials, were invited by the school for the Maulid Rasul (Prophet Muhammad's birthday) celebrations.
Crowd was stunned
Political writer Mohd Sayuti Omar, who was also at the function, said he was informed by the organiser that the duo had talks regarding Abdullah remaining in power.
"The duo then performed their Zohor (afternoon) prayers together," he said, adding that the two later smiled and shook hands.
The latter however declined to comment on whether the meeting between the duo was pre-arranged.
In his blog, Anwar said: "There have been too many assumptions and interpretations regarding our presence at the event."
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Pak Lah has lunch with Anwar
Someone would not be sleeping well tonite....but I guess, politics is the art of possible and majority of us have enough of politicking and let's move on....