Anwar Claims Majority Support from MPs to Seize Control of Putrajaya, Declares Fall of PN Govt

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Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims he has a strong majority to form the next government and declares Muhyiddin’s reign over.

Highlights of Anwar’s announcement:

  • Consent to have audience with the King
  • The new unnamed coalition has “close to” a two-thirds majority
  • Majority Malay-Muslim MPs
  • Includes MPs from PN, who are supporting as individuals rather than joining en bloc via political parties
  • Dr Mahathir “not part of it” yet
  • “Traitors” who left PKR “not in the list”
  • Not a backdoor government but one that has a mandate and clear policies
  • Those who join have to accept integrity, good governance, anti-corruption and rule of law
  • Commitment to uphold the principles of the constitution and defend the rights of all races
  • Not seeking snap elections
  • New government to rescue the economy as PN administration too unstable
  • Invites Muhyiddin to work together

The PKR president today claimed he has garnered “formidable and convincing” support from among MPs to form a new “strong” government, and said the government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has effectively fallen.

He told a packed news conference that he will have an audience soon with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, to present his case.

Anwar said he had received consent to have an audience with the King yesterday, but the audience was postponed after His Majesty was admitted to the National Heart Institute for treatment.

“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), I have garnered strong, convincing support of MPs for me to present (my case) to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“This strong and convincing support means that, at this moment, the government of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has fallen.

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“This government will represent all people, with majority Malay-Bumiputera and fair representation of all races in this country,” he said.

He refused to disclose how many numbers he has, saying it is only proper to inform the king first.

However, he insists that it is a solid majority and not just a simple majority of four, five or six.

“The numbers are strong and convincing, not a small majority,” he said.

He claimed that it is a “close to” a two-thirds majority and that it includes MPs from Perikatan Nasional.

“The Agong should be the first person to be informed of the details, but suffice to say, it’s not a small majority. It’s a convincing, formidable and strong government,” he said.

He added that his next step, as well as his actual numbers, will be announced after meeting the Agong.

Asked about Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s party Pejuang, Anwar said they are not part of it as yet.

“He may decide later, but as of now, no (he is not with us),” he said.

He also said the “traitors” who left PKR were “not in the list”.

Anwar insisted that his “new government” is not a “backdoor” one.

“This is not a backdoor one. This government has got a mandate and clear policies and those who decide to join have to accept the issue of integrity, good governance, anti-corruption, rule of law,” he said.

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“We are committed to upholding the principles of the constitution that recognises the position of Islam, the sovereignty of Malay rulers, to uphold the position of Malay language as the official language, as well as the special position of the Malays and Bumiputera as well as give assurance to defend the rights of all races.”

“I promise to form a government with integrity and commitment to address the crisis that befell the country and put an end to corruption and fight for the well-being of the people,” he added.

Asked whether Parliament would be dissolved, Anwar said that this is the Agong’s prerogative.

However, he said the government would not seek snap elections and that a general election would only be held when the time is right.

Earlier, he said the new government was needed in order to rescue the economy as the current Perikatan Nasional administration was too unstable.

At present, PN rules with just 113 seats in Parliament.

Speculation is rife that Anwar will get support from GPS, which allegedly is unhappy with PN and has decided to switch its allegiance to Anwar, and also from Umno lawmakers.

GPS has 18 seats in Parliament.

PKR have 38 seats, DAP has 42 seats and Amanah 11 seats, while their allies in Sabah, Warisan and Upko, have 10 seats.

Anwar also extended an olive branch to Muhyiddin, saying the Bersatu president will be rewarded if he co-operates.

“Muhyiddin has fallen as PM. I invite him to work together, I bear no animosity towards him.

“If he is ready to co-operate, he will be rewarded,” Anwar said.

Seven months ago, Anwar lost out by a thin majority to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to form the government when Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned after his Bersatu party aligned itself with Umno, PAS and a bloc of Sarawak lawmakers.

This is the second September that Anwar says he is in a position to form a government. The first was in 2008, when the then administration led by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi lost the traditional Barisan Nasional parliamentary two-thirds supermajority.

Meanwhile, the FBM KLCI index dropped 2 percent to 8.32 this afternoon, shortly after Anwar made a shock announcement that he now has enough MPs to wrest power from the ruling PN coalition.

The KLSE Bursa opened at 8.50 this morning.

Full statement from Anwar Ibrahim:

I would like to thank the media for joining us today on short notice.

The people of Malaysia deserve leadership which can navigate effectively during these turbulent times. Instead, we have an unstable government whose inability to handle the crisis is driving the country towards an economic recession and rising racial tension.

We have not seen it mobilize all the country’s resources and capabilities to face the crisis head on. What has happened, instead, is the government has been busy distributing positions, appointments and contracts in order to cling to extremely bare and razor-thin majority in Parliament.

It is difficult for us to know what the 70 ministers are doing. We have never been informed about the deliberations taking place in the Cabinet. Until now – seven months after taking office during an unprecedented national and international crisis – the Prime Minister has not held a single press conference following his regular Cabinet meeting.

I have been approached by a number of MPs from various parties who expressed their deep dissatisfaction with the current leadership. They recognize that the country must have strong, stable and accountable leadership to manage the crisis and to do so with compassion and concern for the plight of all people who are struggling in this pandemic economy. They have expressed their support for me to take over the government now.

I have received convincing support from Members of Parliament for me to present to His Majesty the Yang Dipertuan Agong. I wish to state here that the majority of MPs supporting me are Malay and Muslim.

I would like to mention that I was granted an audience to meet His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday, Tuesday 21 September at 11 am. The meeting was postponed due to the fact that he was being treated at the National Heart Institute.

However, through a telephone conversation on Tuesday night I prayed for his speedy recovery and health.

With a clear and indisputable support and majority behind me, the government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has fallen. I will meet with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong when he regains his health and will provide more information to the public about what happens next.

This government will represent all people, with majority Malay-Bumiputra and fair representation of all races in this country. We are committed to uphold the principles of the constitution that recognises the position of Islam, the sovereignty of the Malay rulers and uphold the position of the Malay language as the official language and the special position of the Malays and Bumiputra as well as give assurance to defend the rights of all races.

Lastly, I would like to say to all Malaysians: I promise to form a government with integrity and commitment to address the crisis that befell the country and put an end to corruption and fight for the well-being of the people. Insha’Allah I will fulfill my promise to make Malaysia a prosperous, peaceful and just country for all its people.

Thank you.