PAS said today it is confident that none of its MPs would voice their support for the federal government coalition led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Islamist party’s deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said he does not see any potential MPs shifting their support, despite three Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia MPs already backing Anwar.
“If among PAS members, I don’t see anyone. We have our meetings and I’m confident there is no one,” Tuan Ibrahim said when met by reporters at the Parliament building.
Today, Jeli MP Zahari Kechik became the fourth Bersatu elected representative to declare his support for Anwar.
Zahari issued a statement on Wednesday (Nov 8), stating that he is shifting his support from the Perikatan Nasional-led Opposition to the Madani government for the sake of the development and progress of his Parliamentary constituency.
“I realise that the people must be prioritised and the development must be continued without any compromise in these challenging times. As an MP, I have to service the people of Jeli as best as I can,” he said.
“However, I will remain loyal and stay as a member
of Bersatu. I am ready to face the risks and action from the disciplinary board to ensure the voters of Jeli do not become victims of the situation. The people of Jeli should not be left behind,” Zahari added in his statement.
He said that his support for Anwar would remain until the next general election and that his shift of allegiance was not made under any duress or pressure from anyone.
On Tuesday (Nov 7), Gua Musang MP Mohd Azizi Abu Naim was the third MP from Bersatu to declare his support for the unity government led by Anwar.
On Oct 12, Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid also declared their support for Anwar, saying he did so in order to gain an extra allocation for his constituency.
Soon after, Labuan MP Datuk Dr Suhaili Abdul Rahman followed suit.
Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin later announced that Suhaili and Iskandar Dzulkarnain had been suspended from the party for four and six years respectively by the party’s disciplinary board.
The support of the four MPs gives Anwar’s government more than a two-thirds majority support in Dewan Rakyat.