Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim needs to prove that he has enough support from Members of Parliament to form a new government. Tan Sri Muhyiddin released a media statement Wednesday, hours after Datuk Seri Anwar announced he has garnered a “strong, formidable, convincing majority of MPs to form a new government. He also claimed that the current government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin has fallen. In his statement, Tan Sri Muhyiddin said: “This allegation now needs to be proven through process and methods determined by the Federal Constitution. Without these processes, Anwar’s statement is a mere allegation. Until proven otherwise, the Perikatan Nasional government still stands firm and I am the legal Prime Minister. He also called on Malaysians to remain calm.
The palace confirmed that the Yang diPertuan Agong was scheduled to meet Datuk Seri Anwar on Tuesday. It said the meeting was postponed as the king had fallen ill and was seeking treatment at the National Heart Institute.
Meanwhile, the DAP and Parti Amanah Negara have both declared its support for Datuk Seri Anwar. DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said, “In line with the decision made during the Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting, 42 DAP MPs will give their support to Anwar as the prime minister if he has the numbers to form the government,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu earlier confirmed that all of the party’s 11 MPs will support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. In a statement today, Mat Sabu said he and his party has given full trust to Anwar as the Pakatan Harapan chairman to form a new government.
In a related development, Barisan Nasional and UMNO president Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said, “many” MPs from his coalition and party have voiced support for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to form a new government. He said, “Umno and BN cannot stop MPs who have chosen to support Anwar, who wishes to be granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.