Malaysia PM casts doubt on Anwar’s claim of majority Parliamentary support

TAMBUNAN, Sabah (CNA) – Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin yesterday questioned Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that he has obtained majority Parliamentary support to form a new government.

Muhyiddin said the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President has not specified the number of Members of Parliament (MPs) who are supposedly backing him.

“He made a statement and when asked on the number supporting him and who have given their SD (Statutory Declaration) of support, he merely said to wait for the answer.

“But until today I myself also do not know (the number). His claim may or may not be true,” said Muhyiddin at a Perikatan Nasional (PN) rally yesterday.

Anwar, who is Malaysia’s opposition leader, announced on Wednesday that he had secured a “strong, formidable, convincing majority” of MPs to form a government to replace the current administration led by Muhyiddin.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Muhyiddin said all the MPs from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) have confirmed their support for his government and denied backing Anwar.

Several United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) MPs said to be supporting Anwar have also denied backing him, said Muhyiddin.

“In the few days following (Anwar’s) announcement, many statements of denial have been issued by UMNO MPs. They are not on the list. With their denials, I have become more doubtful (of his claim). Maybe it’s just a political statement,” he said.

Muhyiddin said that Attorney-General Idrus Harun has also told him that he remains as Malaysia’s prime minister.

“Maybe when the king is shown evidence (of support), if there is, then His Majesty would definitely summon me for an audience but until now I have not been called,” he said.

Meanwhile, PN’s secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin described Anwar’s claim as nothing more than a political gimmick.

He said it was merely Anwar’s “September dream” to become prime minister.

“The claim was not backed by evidence, the number of seats. In fact, our leaders who were supposedly in the list supporting Anwar have denied the matter,” Hamzah said.