GPS leader questions Anwar's claim of having majority support to become PM

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. -filepic

KUCHING: A Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leader has questioned Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's claim to have majority support to become prime minister.

Calling it "purely rubbish", Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the PKR president could not claim to have GPS' backing.

"Where is he getting the numbers (from)? He just can't say GPS might be with him.

"Have some respect for GPS and GPS leaders," he said in an immediate reaction to Anwar's announcement on Wednesday (Sept 23).

Abdul Karim added that GPS would not want to rock the political stability in the nation and jump from Perikatan Nasional to Pakatan Harapan.

"We are not despicable frogs," he said.

GPS, which comprises PBB, Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), has 18 MPs.

During the "Sheraton move" in February, the state-based coalition threw its support behind Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in order to restore political stability without sacrificing Sarawak's interests.

At a press conference on Wednesday (Sept 23), Anwar claimed to have a "strong, formidable, convincing" majority from MPs to form the next government.

He declined to disclose his numbers, saying the details would only be given after an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

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