Perikatan has numbers to form federal govt, says SAPP chief 

Kalidevi Mogan Kumarappa

Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin meets with component party leaders at his Bukit Damansara home. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, November 20, 2022.

PERIKATAN Nasional (PN) has the numbers to form the Federal government according to Yong Teck Lee.

The Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) deputy chairman said Pakatan Harapan was not involved in its effort to form the new government.

“Muhyiddin Yassin has the majority and the support of a variety of parties. Let us wait for the announcement.”

“We believe the curent situation will be settled soon,” he told reporters after attending a meeting with Muhyiddin at his Bukit Damansara home with component party leaders.

The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) however declined to name the parties which were supporting PN initiative to form the government,

He did not want to say if Barisan Nasional and Umno Presiden Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, were linking up with PN.

“There will be news soon,” he said.

This afternoon Istana Negara said coalition leaders must inform Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun whether they have secured a parliamentary majority and submit their choice for prime minister to Istana Negara before 2pm tomorrow.

The Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has asked for Azhar’s co-operation to ensure political leaders negotiate among themselves.

“It must be completed before 2pm tomorrow,” he said in a statement.

The statement from the palace came after the King met with Election Commission chairman Abdul Ghani Salleh, who had informed the king that no one coalition had successfully achieved a simple majority.

This morning, Muhyiddin in a Facebook Post announced that he was working with Gabungan Parti Sabah (GPS) to form a federal government.

The PN chairman said he had a meeting with Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg.

“This morning I was visited by Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Sarawak Premier Abang Openg and Abdul Hadi Awang, the PAS president, to discuss the formation of the federal government,” he said in a facebook post.

Pakatan Harapan won 76 seats, while its coalition member Sarawak DAP garnered five seats and Muda one, for a total of 82 aligned seats.  

PN and PAS won 51 and 22 seats respectively, for a combined total of 73 seats.  

BN could only muster 30 seats, with many of the coalition’s leaders becoming casualties.

GPS claimed 22 seats, GRS (6), Warisan (3), Parti Bangsa Malaysia (1) with 2 Independents also registering wins. – November 20, 2022.

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