PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claims that the majority of MPs do not support Perikatan Nasional, and with this, the government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has effectively fallen.
Anwar made the claim during a speech at Dataran Merdeka on Monday morning (Aug 2), before he led a group of Opposition MPs on a march towards Parliament.
"I have information about a list of MPs who have requested to withdraw from the Perikatan government
"With the 107 MPs here today, along with them (MPs who no longer support them), the government has been toppled," he claimed.
According to him, the MPs withdrew their support after the recent royal rebuke over the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances.
"The insult towards the royal institution by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet has never happened before and that is why we gathered here and we will march towards Parliament," he said.
The MPs, led by Anwar, then marched towards Parliament but were stopped by the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) and abided by police orders to disperse at 11am.
Anwar had made a similar claim in September, when he claimed he had a "strong, formidable, and convincing" majority to form the next government.
At present, there are 220 MPs in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat following the deaths of former Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong and former Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman.
Pakatan Harapan consists of PKR's 35 MPs, DAP's 42 and Amanah's 11.
Other Opposition parties include Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (four MPs), the unregistered Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (one), Parti Warisan Sabah (eight), Parti Sarawak Bersatu (one), with former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik an independent MP.
Barisan Nasional has 42 MPs, consisting of 38 from Umno, two from MCA, one from MIC and one from PBRS.