On September 12, Bersatu held its third anniversary prayer at Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque in Shah Alam.
The anniversary prayer was attended by several top leaders of the party such as Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, among others.
Interestingly, non-Bersatu members were also spotted at the event, such as PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and PKR vice-president Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
Azmin joined the praying session, sitting at the front row next to Dr Maszlee Malik. He stood out from the crowd as he was the only one not wearing red, the official colour of Bersatu.
When asked about the possibility of Azmin joining the party, Mahathir said that the party will consider his application, but he had yet to submit one.
On the other hand, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim responded to the situation, stating that there is nothing wrong for PKR members to attend Bersatu’s event as he had attended Bersatu’s general assembly in the past.
Earlier this month, the PKR president took to the media to remind Azmin to attend PKR leadership meetings, disclosing that the latter has been skipping meetings.
Anwar’s statement led to bickering between Anwar and PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.
In response, Zuraida requested a special reconciliation meeting with the party president. It was revealed that not only Azmin, but several other PKR leaders have also been skipping meetings. In addition, she hinted that the meeting boycott had something to do with the alleged sex videos of Azmin.
Regardless, Anwar denied Zuraida’s request, saying that leaders could meet him in regular meetings. He sarcastically added that tea and coffee will be served during the meetings.
Nevertheless, Anwar has his own inter-party relations. He attended the Malaysia Day celebration organised by the non-governmental organisation (NGO), United Sabah Bajau Organisation at Sabah.
The event was hosted by United Sabah National Organisation (USNO) members Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. Both of them were UMNO strongmen prior to BN’s defeat in GE-14. Pandikar was the Dewan Rakyat speaker, while Salleh was Minister of Communications and Multimedia.