PUTRAJAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) said it cannot accept membership applications from the losing political parties in the recent 14th general election.
PH Chairman and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he could see many of those from the losing side had wanted to join PH, but the people could not accept them.
"This is why they, especially those from Barisan Nasional and Umno, should not be accepted as members in any of the parties that form the current government.
"Their participation (in PH) will not be well received by the people. We do not want this government to be seen like the previous government
"They can denounce their old parties and express their support to the current government. But, they cannot become members, " he said.
Dr Mahathir was speaking to reporters at the Perdana Leadership Foundation, here today.
On PKR de-facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's role following his release today, Dr Mahathir said since Anwar was not a member of parliament, the former deputy prime minister would take up a more active role at the party level.
"His role will be discussed further during the PH presidential meeting tomorrow (Thursday)," he added.
On Anwar’s release today, Dr Mahathir said: "Well... since I was said to have put him (Anwar) in jail before, now I am the one who had released him," he said.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was released a free man after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V granted him a full pardon.
The Pardons Board met today and decided on his case, according to a statement from Istana Negara.
The PKR de facto leader was serving a five-year jail term after being convicted of sodomy.
Reports By Manirajan Ramasamay, Azura Abas, Mohd Husni Mohd Noor, Irwan Shafrizan Ismail