Azmin, 10 MPs to Join PPBM, Which Itself May Be Forced to Return to PH

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Signs of about-turn by PKR over support for Dr M.

The group of 11 PKR MPs who left the party this week following the sacking of deputy president Azmin Ali are set to join PPBM, in what could boost the support for Dr Mahathir Mohamad amid signs of Pakatan Harapan MPs switching loyalties to Anwar Ibrahim.

FMT reported that a source said all except one of the 11 fulfils the conditions for PPBM membership.

PPBM’s membership is open to all Bumiputeras.

Apart from Azmin, the others who make up the group of 10 are Zuraida Kamaruddin, Saifuddin Abdullah, Baru Bian, Kamaruddin Jaffar, Mansor Othman, Rashid Hasnon, Ali Biju, Willie Mongin and Jonathan Yasin.

FMT

It is believed that another MP, Santhara Kumar, will become an associate member.

According to FMT, Anwar and PKR MPs are intent on proposing his name for prime minister during their audience with the Agong.

This was despite PKR and DAP publicly stating support for Mahathir to lead a revived ruling coalition following PH’s collapse this week.

This also comes as sources believe Mahathir is torn between “choosing the same group of people who called for his resignation” and a new bloc whose conditional support for him has pushed him to a hard place – the hard place being the condition set by Umno leaders.

“After meetings with political leaders yesterday, it was crystal clear that Tun (Mahathir) had the majority support to become the PM again. There are signs this could not be the case when PKR MPs state their preference to the Agong today,” a source was quoted telling FMT.

One bloc is represented by PKR, DAP and Amanah, the remaining three members of the PH coalition, which is largely made up of MPs who eventually want PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to take over as prime minister.

The other bloc is made up of everyone else, mainly those who don’t want DAP to be part of a future federal government.

The remaining three PH parties yesterday held a meeting last night to come to an agreement on a new government, ahead of their audience with the Agong at Istana Negara today.

Earlier, The Malaysian Insight reported that Bersatu may be forced to return to PH after Umno and PAS ditched the party yesterday after declaring they wanted fresh elections following the political crisis in the country.

The Malaysian Insight reported sources saying that this has thrown into disarray Bersatu’s move to form a new government with Umno and PAS.

And with Umno and PAS out of the picture, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Warisan are unlikely to team up with Bersatu either as neither has enough MPs to form a new government.

According to The Malaysian Insight, a Bersatu source said that the only solution left is for the party to go back to PH after leaving it on Monday.

He added that it was not in PH’s or Bersatu’s interest to have fresh elections as that would be a costly affair.