A BARISAN Nasional (BN) lawmaker has dismissed naysayers’ claim that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s government is constantly under threat of internal sabotage and is therefore “unstable”.
According to FMT, Jempol MP Datuk Shamsulkahar Mohd Deli said BN would not undermine a government that it was part of by means of another “Sheraton Move”.
The Sheraton Move was a political manoeuvre in February 2020 that saw the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government after some MPs from Bersatu and PKR joining forces with those from BN and PAS to form a new coalition later named Perikatan Nasional (PN).
Shamsulkahar said BN acknowledged that no single party or bloc won the general election and that this was why the Yang di-Pertuan Agong called for a unity government.
“We will not be involved in any manoeuvre. We abide by the King’s decree. We do not want more politicking. Our recent experience of having three prime ministers in four years is enough,” he told the news portal in a report published today.
According to the Negri Sembilan lawmaker, the government must be allowed to focus on resolving issues affecting the economy and public wellbeing.
This was echoed by BN’s Kota Tinggi MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin wo had similarly poured cold water on Wan Saiful’s claim, adding that such remarks from the latter did not surprise him.
“He’s in the opposition; so he’ll make such remarks,” the Johor lawmaker was quoted as saying.
On Wednesday (Nov 30) Bersatu information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan claimed that Anwar’s government was unstable and could be threatened at any time by BN.
The Tasek Gelugor MP likened the present government to that of the PN government under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, which had to cede to a government made up of PN and BN ministers led by UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Anwar was appointed Malaysia’s 10th prime minister on Nov 24, nearly a week after the 15th General Election (GE15) that had resulted in a hung Parliament.
He leads a unity government composed of PH, BN, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) with support from MPs from Muda, Warisan, Parti Bangsa Malaysia and independents. – Dec 2, 2022
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