Parti Warisan Negara (Warisan) is adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach over the outcome of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah yesterday.
Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking said that for the time being, they will only be observing what happens next in the country’s political landscape.
“I’ve read the news about (Umno veteran) Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah going to the palace and many other reports that came out today but without knowing more on the matter. I can only wait and see,” he said.
Pakatan Harapan coalition member Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), meanwhile, reiterated its support for Anwar.
Amanah deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said the party has lent their support for the Port Dickson member of parliament in writing.
“On behalf of Amanah, we have given him (Anwar) written support via our president. I believe our friends from DAP have also done the same. The rest is beyond my knowledge,” he said when contacted.
Salahuddin added that there have not been any statutory declaration (SD) letters from the party as the support letter came from the Amanah president.
DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke, meanwhile, only responded with “the onus is on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” when he was asked to comment on what had transpired.
PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad, however, said Anwar should have prepared the SD letters like how Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin did back in February, when the Perikatan Nasional government came into power.
“Anwar should have brought a name list instead of playing around like what he did today, not bringing the SD and not showing concrete proof to the King.
“Even in PAS, when we want to hold a meeting, there are certain procedures we need to go through first, what more when you wish to see the King.
“This country practices a constitutional monarchy system. We also have a Federal Constitution. One must adhere to all these,” he said.
Idris remained unconvinced by Anwar’s claim that he possesses a “convincing majority”.”
Meanwhile, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan pulled no punches and accused Anwar of lying to the public about having majority support to form a new government.
“He was only thinking of his personal ambitions, not about the consequences of political instability, its effect on the economy as well as the welfare of the people.
“It also shows how detached Anwar is with regards to the people’s desire for stability.
“This is not the first time he tried to jeopardise the government’s stability with a similar trick. I suggest he retires from politics and allow other leaders to lead the opposition,” he said in a statement.
Wan Saiful also noted that yesterday’s chain of events showed that Muhyiddin still commands the majority support to lead the Perikatan Nasional government.
Anwar, following his audience with the King, claimed that he had presented documents comprising SDs and verification letters from heads of political parties who voiced their support for him to form a new government.
Istana Negara, in a brief statement, stated that Anwar did not present the names of the MPS who allegedly supported him to strengthen his claim. The palace said Anwar instead only presented the number of MPs who have supposedly given him their support.
The palace said the King advised Anwar to respect the legal process as enshrined in the Federal Constitution. – NST