Machang MP made right decision to withdraw support for Perikatan, says Anwar

PORT DICKSON: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim describes the decision by Barisan Nasional's Machang MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub to withdraw his support for the Perikatan Nasional government as a wise move.

"The government has neither been able to effectively handle the Covid-19 pandemic nor the economy.

"Investors are also not coming in and this has led to many problems," the PKR president told reporters after handing over face masks to policemen at the district police station here Monday (Jan 11).

Anwar said tactics to buy over politicians by offering them positions should also stop.

"We need to have the political will to save the country and not the positions of one or two people.

"We need to plan the direction the country needs to take," he said.

On Saturday (Jan 9), Ahmad Jazlan said he no longer supported Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's leadership.

Although Umno as a party had always stated that its support for Perikatan is en bloc, the Kelantan Umno liaison committee chairman said he had decided to withdraw his support after taking a cue from Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

However, Tengku Razaleigh has never openly withdrawn his support, as the Gua Musang MP had only abstained from voting in support of Budget 2021 in Parliament last month.

On Sunday (Jan 10), Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said more Umno MPs may announce their withdrawal of support for Muhyiddin's government in the coming days.

Anwar said Malaysia must have a more stable government to allow it to plan strategies to counter the adverse effects of Covid-19.

He said if more MPs withdrew their support for Perikatan, then the calls for a new leadership should be considered.

There are 220 MPs in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat following the deaths of Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong and Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman last year.

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