Guan Eng rejects claim that Pakatan does not hold majority support in Parliament

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  • Monday, 24 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the exit of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and 11 PKR MPs, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (pic) maintains that Pakatan Harapan still holds the majority support of MPs in Parliament.

“I reject the contention that we do not have the majority. I think that can be tested in Parliament when it sits again in March. So let’s see.

“A lot of parties are doing press conferences (now), so why not we wait for these series of press conferences to unfold, then I think we can discuss this in detail either tomorrow (Feb 25) or in the coming days, ” he said.

Lim was speaking at a press conference after a DAP emergency meeting at its party headquarters in Pudu on Monday (Feb 24).

Lim said the unexpected political turmoil was caused by the actions of Bersatu and several PKR MPs choosing to form a backdoor government with the Opposition.

“Obviously Dr Mahathir cannot accept that, ” he added.

Asked about how he felt about the “betrayal” by Bersatu and certain PKR leaders, Lim said his feelings were secondary to what Malaysians feel.

“They feel confused with all this manipulation and political chicanery. It’s like Game of Thrones. It is unnecessary. Why is there all this drama when we should focus on improving the economy and livelihood of Malaysians.

“Why talk about position and self gain? I think this is utterly irresponsible and I think we should focus on the people.”

At the same time, Lim stated that DAP MPs have nothing to do with the "Sheraton Move", in an apparent reference to a meeting involving leaders from Bersatu, Barisan Nasional, PKR, PAS, and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) on Sunday (Feb 23) night at Sheraton Hotel.

“We have nothing to do with the ‘Sheraton move’. This is unconstitutional and against proper democratic practices. It is also an attempt to undermine the people’s will.

“This is not democracy. This is pure political opportunism and it should be rejected by all Malaysians. To those who indulge in this sort of activities, shame on you.”

Dr Mahathir is scheduled to meet the King at 5pm on Monday to discuss his resignation.

Earlier, sources within Bersatu confirmed with The Star that Dr Mahathir’s resignation as the premier and Bersatu chairman was due to his objections towards working with Umno.

Meanwhile, Bersatu - which has 26 MPs - has announced its departure from Pakatan via a statement by party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, while 11 PKR MPs aligned with Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali announced their resignation from PKR.

Speculation has been rife that there is a falling-out between Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir.

With the absence of the 26 Bersatu MPs and 11 PKR MPs, Pakatan now has 101 MPs.

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