By Chew Lip Song
DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim has staked his claim as the country’s ninth Prime Minister after declaring that he has secured a “strong, formidable” majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
The Port Dickson MP said he would be having an audience with the King to present the support the former had received from federal lawmakers.
“With a clear and indisputable support and majority behind me, the government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has fallen. I will meet with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong when he regains his health and will provide more information to the public about what happens next,” Anwar told a media conference in KL today.
Anwar added that he initially was scheduled to have an audience with the King this morning but this was postponed as the latter was receiving treatment at the National Heart Institute.
When asked about how many Parliamentarians are supporting him, Anwar said it was only proper that he informed the King on this first, but added that the support from the lawmakers was affirmed in black and white.
“I have been approached by a number of MPs from various parties who expressed their deep dissatisfaction with the current leadership.
“They recognize that the country must have strong, stable and accountable leadership to manage the crisis and to do so with compassion and concern for the plight of all people who are struggling in this pandemic economy. They have expressed their support for me to take over the government now,” he added.
Muhyiddin took office on March 1 following the ouster of ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a coup widely believed to be masterminded by the former and his allies like Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.
Muhyiddin’s ruling coalition, the Perikatan Nasional, has only a wafer-thin majority in Dewan Rakyat based on recent voting history in the legislature.