Monday, February 24, 2020

New coalition replacing Pakatan Harapan to be announced, says Malaysian assemblyman

According to state constituency assemblyman Chong Fat Full, a new coalition will replace the current Pakatan Harapan.

Malay Mail

23 February, 2020

PETALING JAYA — An assemblyman from Malaysia's People's Justice Party (PKR) aligned to the party’s deputy president Azmin Ali said a new coalition would likely be announced on Sunday (Feb 23).

According to Chong Fat Full, a state constituency assemblyman under the federal Johor parliamentary constituency, this new coalition will replace the current Pakatan Harapan (PH)

“This is not the first time discussions took place regarding the new coalition. It has been discussed for quite some time.

“The new coalition will be named Perikatan Nasional, and would include several leaders from DAP, Amanah (Parti Amanah Negara), GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak), Umno and PAS,” said Mr Chong when met by reporters at the Sheraton Hotel in Kuala Lumpur before entering a meeting with several other PKR members aligned to Azmin.

He, however, said this was pending meetings still being held at the time of writing.

Mr Chong also clarified that earlier reports PKR members aligned to Mr Azmin would leave the party were not true.

“Those aligned to Azmin have no intention to leave the party. We will remain with the party until and if we are sacked by party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” he said, reaffirming members’ support for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He added that if these members are sacked from the party, they will either join existing political parties like Parti Gerakan or form a new party.

“The meetings that are taking place today are the result of Friday night’s decision made during the PH presidential council.

“Most likely something happened during the meeting which pushed Dr Mahathir to take these actions,” he said.

Mr Chong also confirmed Dr Mahathir’s meeting with the King at 6pm today, and said a press conference would probably be called at 8.30pm. He, however, did not reveal the venue of the press conference.

Speculation about the change of government went into overdrive today after the major political parties arranged impromptu meetings, after the PH presidential council met to discuss the contentious power transition on Friday.

On Friday, the Malaysian United Indigenous Party, or Bersatu, warned that it could leave PH after some leaders tried to make Dr Mahathir Mohamad fix a date for when he will step down as the prime minister.

Aside from the “cartel” as the pro-Azmin faction are sometimes called, Umno as well as GPS (formerly Sarawak Barisan Nasional) are also meeting in the capital.


[The Dewan Rakyat's, or lower house of parliament's consists of 222 seats. 

The Pakatan Harapan coalition government has 129 seats in the lower house of Parliament comprising:
Bersatu (26)
Amanah (11)
DAP (42)
PKR (50).
Former (or still current) Barisan Nasional with 42 seats, are:
UMNO (39)
MCA (2)
MIC (1)
The others in the Dewan Rakyat are
Parti Warisan Sabah (9)
UPKO (1)
PAS (18)
GPS (18);

GBS (3)
PSB (1)
Independent (1).
From the above report, UMNO + PAS + Amanah + GPS en bloc would hold 86 seats. Add Bersatu (Dr M's party), and there is already 112 seats. With a few more defections from PKR and even DAP (according to the Johor State Assemblyman), and the majority will be more viable, less weak, and there will be a new coalition government. 

Or UMNO 2.0.]

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