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Anwar Ibrahim’s New Government: Who Said What So Far

Anwar Ibrahim’s New Government: Who Said What So Far

As expected, you get some supporters, some naysayers, and more than a few haters.

Akmal Hakim

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In news that shocked the nation, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced that he has acquired a “formidable” majority in Parliament to form a new government, with himself at the helm as Prime Minister.

Anwar Ibrahim during his announcement on September 23.
(Facebook)

With the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah admitted to the National Heart Institute (IJN) for treatment, and the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin making no attempts to address the matter during his unplanned national address, the rakyat is arguably fishing in the dark for answers on the fate of the nation.

Muhyiddin announcing the Covid-19 “Kita Prihatin” package live from Putrajaya.
(Facebook)

So far, a number of prominent political figures have stepped in to provide clues on what Malaysians can expect from today’s events.

Claiming support

According to Malaysiakini, Umno President Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi mentions that there are Members of Parliament (MP) from his party as well as the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition who supports Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership.

Zahid Hamidi was quoted as saying that he respected the position of those MPs and said that the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) government was built based on individual MP support to form a majority.

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi arrives at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur September 21, 2020. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
(Ahmad Zamzahuri/Malay Mail)

Reportedly, Anwar Ibrahim also has the full support of all 11 MPs from Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Amanah President Mohamad Sabu said in a statement that the party’s MPs are confident in Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership to form a new government.

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu (pic) said he and his party has given full trust to Anwar as the Pakatan Harapan chairman to form a new government. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
(Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail)

Also in support of Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership is Democratic Action Party (DAP) Vice Chairman and Penang Chief Minister, Chow Kon Yeow.

According to Malay Mail, Yeow had no other information on what had transpired today besides the info he got from the news and social media.

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow speaks during a press conference at Komtar in George Town September 23, 2020. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
Yeow speaking to reporters during a press conference on September 23.
(Sayuti Zainudin/Malay Mail)

Those who oppose

Meanwhile, Free Malaysia Today reports that leaders from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) are not in support of Anwar Ibrahim.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council Member Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that the coalition has not switched sides and are still in support of the current federal government.

Wan Junaidi also said that people should not listen to “someone who is obsessed with becoming the next PM”.

Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said some 2,605 hectares of coastal land have been planted with 6.3 million mangrove trees since 2005. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
(Azneal Ishak/Malay Mail)

Additionally, Malaysiakini reports GPS Secretary-General Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi criticizing Anwar Ibrahim for “playing politics” and causing instability and uncertainties in the country.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi addresses the dialogue in Kuching September 14, 2020. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
(Sulok Tawie/Malay Mail)

Also in opposition of Anwar Ibrahim is the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).

PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was quoted as saying that all 18 PAS MPs are still in support of the current government.

Environment and Water Minister Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man speaks during a press conference at its ministry in Putrajaya September 14, 2020. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
(Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail)

What’s said online

Things appear to be similarly vague on social media. Since Anwar Ibrahim’s announcement, politicians have been sending their own messages, some more cryptic than most, on what might be happening.

Umno MP Khairy Jamaluddin had tweeted saying that the Malaysian Cabinet of Ministers met for a meeting today and claims that the current government has not yet fallen.

Meanwhile, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) MP, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, posted a rather vague statement to his followers.

At the same time, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak shared some insight on what he plans to do, or rather munch on, while the country waits for more answers.


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