By Mohd Nasir Yusoff
JAKARTA, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- Malaysian parliamentary opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who brought his aspiration to form the next
government on Sept 16 to the attention of the Indonesian media, failed to state who and how many Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs would cross over to the opposition.
Anwar claimed that he had to bring the matter to the Indonesian media because the Malaysian media had been writing lies on what he said.
"I will only name them at the right time. That is the understanding...agreement with my friends (the BN MPs concerned)," he said.
Although he was repeatedly asked by the local and foreign journalists who were covering his meeting with the Indonesian Muslim Intellectuals Association (ICMI), he declined to reveal who and how many BN MPs had confirmed that they would cross over to his side.
He said he decided to meet up with ICMI because he regarded such an association as important, just like in Malaysia.
Anwar who was adamant that his dream of forming the next Malaysian government would materialise on Sept 16, claimed that he faced no problem in achieving this.
Stating that the media in Malaysia was not free and only carried news from the BN government's point of view, Anwar assured the Indonesian and foreign media that the cross-over would definitely happen on Sept 16 although it was reported otherwise in Malaysia.
On the planned overseas trip for BN MPs until Sept 16, he said: "I will have to deal with this when I get back to KL this evening."
He also claimed that he had received positive feedback from the BN MPs in Sabah and Sarawak, as well as from Peninsular Malaysia.