PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has announced that Parliament will convene on Dec 19, and the first move would be a vote of confidence for his leadership.
In his first press conference following his appointment as the country’s 10th prime minister, Anwar explained that this is to prove the support he commanded, as well as to prove to Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that, yes, he does have the numbers.
“In another month or so, we will table a revised budget,” he told the crowd at the Sungai Long Golf Club in Kajang, Selangor while reiterating that he will not accept any salary for his position.
Earlier today, Muhyiddin, in a press conference, said that he is not accepting Anwar’s appointment as prime minister and called upon the Tambun rep to prove that he has the support of the majority of MPs to become the prime minister.
Muhyiddin is also still insisting that he commands the majority support of MPs to lead the government.
According to Anwar, the unity government that he would lead comprises Pakatan Harapan, of which he is the chairperson, as well as Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak’s Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Warisan, Muda and Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM).
When quizzed on whether those with court cases will be made cabinet members, Anwar said the matter has not been discussed – at least from the perspective of the unity government.
As for the issue of deputy prime ministers, Anwar said he will have to factor in adequate representation of the parties in his unity government.
The new prime minister ended his press conference by shouting “reformasi, lawan sampai menang; kita sudah menang,” (fight until we win; we have won) to thunderous applause from the crowd.
Anwar also announced a public holiday next Monday (Nov 28). – Nov 24, 2022
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