THE government led by the newly minted Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is a Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, despite the change in leadership, Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu said.
Faizal said the majority of the 114 lawmakers who backed Ismail Sabri are from the PN coalition, while Barisan Nasional (BN) accounted for 41 MPs.
“We have (a) PN government, our friend (BN) side has 41… we believe we represent the PN government,” said Faizal, who is also the MP for Tambun.
He said this when met by reporters after the PN Supreme Council meeting in Publika, Kuala Lumpur, today.
The meeting, which started at around 10am and ended at about 12.30pm, was chaired by Bersatu chairman and former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Among those who attended the meeting were PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang, PN Youth Chief and PAS Youth Chief Khairil Nizam Khiruddin, as well as PN Women Chief Rina Harun.
The status of the administration has become an issue with several Umno leaders, who claimed that the new government helmed by Ismail Sabri is no longer a PN administration.
Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan weighed in on the issue yesterday, dismissing claims of a PN government, and calling the current administration a “mixed government”.