KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia politics news. Ahead of today’s press conference with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Dec 14), Barisan Nasional Secretary-General Tan Sri Annuar Musa says that everyone is free to announce their place in politics.
As you know, Malaysian politics, let’s face it is really complex. I don’t think we’ve got any problems with that.
Anyone is free to determine their position and what direction they want to move in. To do so they have rights. So, on something, I can’t comment,” he said.
At 4 pm today, Dr Mahathir and Tengku Razaleigh are expected to have a joint press conference, sparking reports that after years as rivals, the two veterans are finally joining forces.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
Since the establishment of the Perikatan Nasional government, the two leaders have frequently criticised Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
In support of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s bid for premiership, Annuar also dismissed news storeys of Umno MPs signing statutory declarations (SDs) as merely “rumours” to split Barisan MPs.
“Some storeys I’ve read. So let’s see what will really happen after the press conference in the afternoon. “We are quite open,” he said on Monday at a press conference in Parliament (Dec 14).
Asked to elaborate, Annuar said he remains unconvinced that SDs in support of Anwar as prime minister have been signed by Umno MPs.
I’m worried, frankly speaking, that such rumours are amplified in order to sow mistrust among us. So we’ve got to be wary.
I can only comment on official matters and details as the Secretary-General of Barisan. I am unable to comment on speculation,’ he said.
Annuar also pointed out that on several occasions, the Opposition had failed to derail ministry allocations under Budget 2021 through Parliament’s bloc vote amid talk that Anwar has sufficient support from MPs to be premier.
“That is politics today, ” he quipped.
Last weekend, a news portal announced that SDs were signed by at least 10 Umno MPs in favour of Anwar as prime minister.
The study also reported that Anwar would soon add the SDs to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Although the top leadership of PKR has kept quiet about the report, its communications director Fahmi Fadzil rejected the report as a “fishing expedition” and challenged the portal without seeking verification for running a storey citing a single unnamed source.
In favour of Anwar as premier, some Umno MPs have also publicly denied signing SDs ever since.
This week all eyes are on Malaysian politics. Because Budget 2021 is scheduled to be passed on Tuesday at the end of the committee stage debates (Dec 15).
The debates on non-government bills will take place after Tuesday until Thursday (Dec 17), where MPs from both sides of the divide are calling for a no-confidence or trust motion to be tabled in Parliament to assess the support of the Perikatan government.