KOTA KINABALU: The timing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's announcement is inappropriate as well as opportunistic, say politicians.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said Anwar is trying to create unnecessary jitters among investors and undermining their confidence.
"But I will affirm here that the government remains strong,” he told reporters at a restaurant in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday (Sept 23).
He added that the Perikatan Nasional government was intact and was carrying out business as usual.
Asked whether he has plans to switch allegiances, Redzuan declared that he is loyal to Perikatan.
“I’m with Perikatan. I’m a cabinet minister. People are trying to confuse the situation,” he said.
Redzuan said Anwar was free to seek an audience with the King.
“If he wants to see the King, then by all means, do so if he has the numbers,” he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Anwar claimed that he had a “strong and formidable majority” to form the next government.
However, he stopped short at revealing the numbers he has.
Over in PETALING JAYA, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan said that Anwar's statement shows that he does not respect the Yang di-pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and that he had forgotten about the people's plight who are faced with economic challenges.
"The whole country knows that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is currently receiving treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN). Additionally, the people too are facing economic challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Our focus should be to pray for the health of the Yang di-pertuan Agong and to look after the welfare and well-being of the people.
"It is a very inappropriate time to create any political problems in the country," he said in a statement on Wednesday.
Wan Saiful noted that it was ironic that on the day Muhyiddin announced measures to help the people, Anwar picked a time to undermine the nation's stability.
Two hours after Anwar's statement, Prime Minister and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had introduced a special assistance initiative package to weather the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.