Anwar says has more than 120 MPs, will leave it to the King (updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has claimed that he has the support of more than 120 MPs in his bid to be premier and to form the next government.

“It’s more than 120. But because the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will summon the heads of parties, therefore it is rational for us to be patient and give the King space to decide, ” he said during a press conference at the Le Meridien Hotel.

Anwar is also urging for all quarters to give space to the King to carry out his constitutional duties as well as his discretion over the matter.

“Therefore, today (Tuesday) is not about winning or losing, but it’s for us to uphold a developed and fair country to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and also spur economic development, ” he said.

Anwar said the documents presented to the King on Tuesday (Oct 13) morning were statutory declarations and documents from party heads.

He also expressed gratitude and appreciation towards the King for granting an audience to him, saying that it allows him to explain and present the relevant documents to the King himself.

“It is abundantly clear that we have registered a formidable, convincing majority in Parliament. I would appeal to Malaysians to exercise patience and wisdom, and allow the King to exercise his discretion based on the spirit of the Constitution, ” said Anwar.

He also said that as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has lost his majority as the prime minister, it would be appropriate for him to resign.

Anwar then added that the King has assured him that the spirit of the Consitution would be upheld on this matter.

“I also reiterated the fact that he has the discretion and should be given adequate time to study and digest the papers, documents, and also to consult other party leaders. I’m not in the position to decide for the King, ” said Anwar.

He also brushed aside allegations that he had made deals with Umno MPs who are presently facing court charges while stressing that the new government would be inclusive and there will be no political vendetta against anyone.

“It is important to appreciate that I have already made it abundantly clear that we are committed to institutional reforms, judicial independence and the rule of law. (There is) no question of cutting deals with individuals as alleged by certain quarters. It is completely irrelevant and irresponsible.”

Pressed further on the same question, Anwar said he merely assured MPs who are facing court charges that there will be no political vendetta.

“But, they must accept the due process and the rule of law, as well as an independent judiciary. There is no malicious prosecution as alleged, ” said Anwar.

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