Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Azmin Ali speaks to the media at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: NOOREEZA HASHIM / MalaysiaGazette / 19 NOVEMBER 2019. secret meeting
Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Azmin Ali speaks to the media at the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: NOOREEZA HASHIM / MalaysiaGazette / 19 NOVEMBER 2019.

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – It was just an ordinary meet-up. Nothing extraordinary.

That was the first response of the Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali when asked about his meeting with the 22 Members of Parliament (MPs) from Barisan Nasional (BN) at his official residence in Putrajaya.

He said, it is common for him to meet anyone who wishes to discuss about the feedback from the people, including those from the opposition as he is very open.

“Don’t listen to rumours. That was only a common meeting. Nothing extraordinary. That was a normal meeting and I am very open. I will meet anyone who wishes to meet me.

“I meet the people, the business community, the Members of Parliament from both the Pakatan Harapan and those who are not from the Pakatan Harapan.

“It is important. As a government which cares for the people, we wish to get the input and feedback from the people, the business community on their acceptance of the government’s policies.

“That is not something extraordinary that we need to make a fuss on. I meet many people every day,” he told the journalists.

In regards to who called for the meeting, Azmin said, he could not remember who requested for the meeting but he will meet whoever that wants to meet him.

When asked about the second meeting this evening, Azmin did not specifically answer the question but said that he meets various people every day.

“Every day. I have many meetings. From the morning until late. I meet many people, from various groups, some politicians, some Members of Parliament, business leaders, foreign investors. That is my job as a minister. I need to meet people,” he added.

Among those who were seen at Azmin’s office were the MP of Segamat Dr Edmund Santhara; Maria Chin Abdullah (Petaling Jaya); Willie Mongin (Puncak Borneo) and Datuk Mansor Othman (Nibong Tebal).

The meeting with the five MPs from PKR and 22 MPs from BN at Azmin’s official residence last night have raised various reactions and questions.

The President of PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that Azmin would need to explain about that issue at the party’s political bureau meeting tomorrow, when asked to comment about the incident.

Meanwhile, PKR’s Communication Chief Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said that the meeting in the midst of the major defeat of Pakatan Harapan at the Tanjung Piai by-election has given a negative message about the coalition to the people. -MalaysiaGazette

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