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Guan Eng - Let Anwar talk, other, shut up - ref. malaysiakini's report:

According to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, it will be a case of ‘too many cooks spoiling the broth’ if everyone at the Pakatan Rakyat alliance were allowed to speak on their avowed formation of a new government.

"Statements on this matter are best left to Anwar Ibrahim," Lim told Malaysiakini in a phone interview today.

"To be consistent and purposeful in the matter of forming or negotiating a new federal government, we should not allow too many people to make statements."

"In the recent case, it only creates more confusion," added the Penang chief minister.

Confusion broke out after contradictory statements came from the Pakatan camp in the past two days.

Information chief Tian Chua had told reporters yesterday that Pakatan was negotiating with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi through a third party.

Tian Chua said there had been several meetings since the weekend between "our middleperson and Abdullah's middleperson".

However, both Abdullah as well as Tian Chua’s own boss - opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim - denied his comments.

"I'm not aware of any negotiations taking place between Pakatan Rakyat and the prime minister - statements made yesterday suggesting that a line of communication was open were misinformed," said the opposition leader in a statement issued this morning.

Abdullah, on the other hand, said it was "the craziest report I've ever heard".

Reticent about other issues

When asked if Pakatan leaders had decided anything during their meeting with Anwar yesterday, Lim said they had agreed to let the PKR chief do all the talking.

"We've left the making of statements to Anwar. Different statements by different leaders will only undermine our goal."

Lim declined to reveal other decisions made by Pakatan chiefs regarding the crossovers yesterday.

At a pow-wow reportedly held in the wee hours of this morning, Anwar had spoken to his counterparts at the DAP and PAS.

Tian Chua has since retracted his earlier statement. He said that the Pakatan is open to such talks with the government but no contact has been made.

DAP trying to distance itself? Perhaps?