Ahead of the one-day Parliament sitting tomorrow, Dr Mahathir Mohamad joined a meeting of Pakatan Harapan party chiefs today to affirm opposition to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government and to restore the people’s mandate.
Parti Warisan Sabah president Mohd Shafie Apdal was also present at the meeting chaired by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who has been appointed leader of the opposition and PH chairman.
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the three PH party chiefs, Dr Mahathir and Shafie said they agreed that Muhyiddin lacked the legitimacy to lead the government due to his failure to test his support among MPs at the sitting tomorrow.
“Our meeting unanimously agreed to affirm our resolve and to enhance efforts to restore the people’s mandate by regaining control of the government.
“This is because we agreed that the government has a problem of legitimacy as Muhyiddin has failed to test his support among MPs in Parliament tomorrow,” the five leaders said in the joint statement.
Dr Mahathir signed the statement in his capacity as Bersatu chairman.
Besides Shafie and Anwar, other leaders who signed the statement are DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.
Dr Mahathir is still with Bersatu despite opposing Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional government, which ousted PH in late February through defections and plotting with Umno, PAS and ex-PKR leaders.
The 94-year old two-time prime minister has said he will sit with the opposition at the sitting tomorrow.
Talk is rife that he will be sacked from Bersatu, although such a move is likely to put Muhyiddin in a difficult position as the party is split between Dr Mahathir supporters and those who support the PN government. – TMI