KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has today claimed majority support of MPs to form a government, and will hold an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong soon.
The PKR president said the majority of those supporting him are “Malay-Muslim MPs”, claiming that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s government is practically over today.
“Thank God I have solid and convincing support from MPs to be presented to the Agong,” he told reporters here.
However, when asked to list down the exact number of MPs supporting him, Anwar refused to do so pending the audience with the Agong.
“Conclusively, we have a strong, formidable majority, I’m not talking about four or five or six, I’m talking about much more than that
“They are MPs from various parties, for me I think better that I just announce this and it is up for them follow up with their own views
“And I have said, alluded to in my earlier statement, that details would only be said after an audience with the King, it is only proper I gave due respect, recognition although a letter have been written to the King,’’ he said.
Anwar explained that he and PKR advisory board chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was due to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday to brief the King but was postponed as the latter was admitted at the National Heart Institute.
“I would like to mention that I was granted an audience to meet His Majesty Yang diPertuan Agong yesterday, Tuesday 22 September at 11 am. The meeting was postponed due to the fact that he was being treated at the National Heart Institute.”
“As that is the case, through phone conversations last Tuesday night, I have prayed for wellbeing of His Highness,” he said.
Anwar reiterated that the new unnamed coalition has much stronger majority than that of the Perikatan Nasional administration led by Muhyiddin.
In the recent Parliament sitting, Muhyiddin had a majority of three MPs in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat.
He stated that there are MPs from Perikatan Nasional and Barisan Nasional that had supported him to form the federal government.
“Of course MPs who are now with the government, which of course have included Barisan [Nasional], have joined, members of parliament,’’ said Anwar, referring to MPs supporting him as individuals rather than joining en bloc via political parties.
*Note: A previous edition of the story contained an error which has since been corrected.