By Chew Lip Song
FRESH from failing to entice government backbenchers to vote down Budget 2021 on Tuesday, DAP and Amanah leaders today said the opposition should now stop wasting time trying to woo the “opportunistic” Perikatan Nasional lawmakers.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu in a joint-statement said based on Tuesday’s vote there has been no shift in allegiance from PN MPs.
“Not a single government backbencher voted with Harapan, including those who allegedly support (PKR president) Anwar Ibrahim.
“Clearly, these government backbenchers are adept at playing political games to gain maximum leverage from the PN government.
“This is the reality that Harapan must face, the need for a political reset to focus on uniting our friends amongst the opposition MPs who stood by us on Tuesday,” Lim and Mohamad said.
On Tuesday, the Third reading of Budget 2021 was approved by the Dewan Rakyat 111 to 108. Pakatan Harapan had wanted to defeat the bill to trigger the resignation of the Cabinet led by PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who seized power from PH in March.
In September, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had claimed to have a “strong, formidable” backing from MPs across the aisle in his bid to be the ninth PM. It is believed that they include current Umno lawmakers unhappy with Muhyiddin.
Lim and Mohamad also reiterated their support for Anwar to be PM and gave their blessings to him to court PN lawmakers who were not “kleptocrats” like Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.