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Works Minister won't sign statement supporting Anwar

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Amid a growing rift in PKR, the party's Sarawak chief Baru Bian (above) said he will not sign a statement in support of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

Baru, who is also the works minister, was referring to the statement made by several state PKR chiefs yesterday.

"I did not sign the statement and I am not going to sign it," he told The Star.

Tensions are boiling in PKR after Anwar said his deputy Azmin Ali should quit if a sex video allegedly of him was true.

In response, the PKR state chiefs of Kedah, Perlis, Terengganu, Kelantan, Malacca, and the Federal Territories signed a statement yesterday pledging support to Anwar.

They claimed other state leaders would also be signing the statement.

Anwar has since softened his stance, calling on the party to set aside their differences.

He also welcomed a police statement that facial recognition failed to determine if Azmin was in the video.

Speculation has been rife that the video is related to the tussle over the prime minister's post following claims that premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad prefered Azmin to succeed him, despite an earlier agreement that Anwar would inherit the reins.

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