Anwar: Julau, Tebrau defections don’t add to Perikatan’s majority

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PKR President Anwar Ibrahim is insisting Perikatan Nasional still does not have a parliamentary majority even with the support of two of his party’s MPs.

“With the two MPs who defected, they (PN) are still a minority (government).


“Don’t get it wrong, their numbers are far smaller compared to ours,” he told reporters in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan today.

Julau MP Larry Sng and Tebrau MP Steven Choong signed statutory declarations declaring their support for PN and handed the documents to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday.

They replace the support withdrawn by Umno’s Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz and Machang MP Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, who declared their stand in January.

Last December, PN passed Budget 2021 with 111 votes – a simple majority of the 220 MPs currently in the Dewan Rakyat.

It is unclear if other Umno lawmakers – especially those aligned to party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who has been critical of PN – would still back the loose coalition if Parliament reconvenes.

Zahid, Pekan MP Najib Abdul Razak, and Pontian MP Ahmad Maslan have had their MP allocations slashed.

It was reported that Muhyiddin’s allies are still actively recruiting MPs from the opposition and more may be made public soon.

Anwar claimed that agencies such as the MACC and Inland Revenue Board were being used as threats against opposition MPs in order to get them to defect.