Party Keadilan Rakyat President and Opposition Leader, Anwar Ibrahim revealed that he has majority support in parliament on Sept 23.
“I have a strong, formidable convincing majority. Not a small majority,” he said.
He claimed that with the support he has, the current “backdoor” government, which led by Muhyiddin Yassin has fallen. Anwar also said he would welcome Muhyiddin to join his administration in any capacity the latter wishes.
However, he declined to reveal the exact number of MPs that have pledged support until he presents the numbers to Yang di-Pertuan Agong first.
Istana Negara has confirmed that Anwar Ibrahim had been granted to an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Tuesday.
However, the meeting had to be postponed due to the health issue of Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He was admitted to Royal Ward at National Heart Institution (IJN) and had been advised to be monitored by doctors. As of writing, he is still having treatment at the National Heart Institute but would be discharged soon.
Supports From UMNO
The Perikatan Nasional component parties stand united and support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin remains as the Prime Minister.
In a joint statement, Perikatan Nasional rubbished claims by Anwar that he has the majority support of MPs. The coalition also denied the claims that Anwar Ibrahim has a “strong and formidable majority” to form a new federal government.
However, there is speculation that Anwar may have secured support from The United Malays National Organization (UMNO). Meanwhile, UMNO President, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s media statement revealed that Muhyiddin Yassin has lost his majority in Parliament. He also claimed that the party cannot stop MPs who have chosen to support Anwar.
At present, the current opposition block owns 109 seats, which included:
91 seats from Pakatan Harapan (PKR, DAP and Amanah),
9 seats from Parti Warisan Sabah,
5 seats from Parti Pejuang Tanah Air,
2 seats from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB),
1 seat from United Progressive Kinabalu Organization (UPKO), and
1 seat from Muar MP Syed Saddiq, who is also not with the PN government.
If Anwar Ibrahim gains support from UMNO, he will simply get a majority in parliament. However, the source stated that the Parliament majority Anwar Ibrahim owned is not including Parti Pejuang and Parti Warisan.
Processes under Federal Constitution
In a statement acknowledging Anwar Ibrahim’s claim this afternoon, the PM said the latter’s assertion must be validated through ‘processes and procedures set under the Federal Constitution’.
“Until proven otherwise, Perikatan Nasional government stands strong, and I’m the legitimate prime minister,” Muhyiddin said.
“Without going through the necessary processes, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s statement is a mere claim.”
Despite Anwar Ibrahim gets enough number, the Federal Constitution places power in the hands of Yang di-Pertuan Agong to decide. He will determine whether to ask a Prime Minister who has lost a majority of support to resign or dissolve Parliament.
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Prepared by: Keanwah Goh