BUKIT MERTAJAM: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has challenged those who want to topple the Federal Government to move a vote of no confidence against him during the coming May 22 Parliament sitting.
The Tambun MP said he needed to put a stop to talk of a conspiracy to topple the unity government, which could sabotage and destabilise the federal administration.
"I challenge those who want to topple the unity government, I will face you all, bring the motion during the Parliament sitting but with one condition - let this be the last so that we can focus on developing the country," he said in his speech during the Malaysia Madani Open House at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Permatang Pauh on Saturday (May 6).
He also warned his detractors not to sabotage the Federal Government and promised that the unity government will take action accordingly without compromise.
He said he chose to face his detractors in Parliament, unlike previous prime ministers.
He said the unity government led by him was still strong with the support of 148 MPs and stressed the legitimacy of the government was intact.
Anwar was referring to a report by a portal that a group of Barisan Nasional MPs who previously supported Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for prime minister after the 15th General Election (GE15) were involved in a plot to overthrow the unity government by quitting their seats to force by-elections.
The portal said some Barisan MPs were being wooed by certain individuals and persuaded to take part in a “do-or-die mission” to sacrifice their seats and quit their respective parties.
On April 25, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who is from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), denied any intention of toppling the unity government led by Anwar.
He said GPS leaders, including Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and himself, had repeatedly made it clear that their priority was political stability.
On April 28, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, who is also Pakatan Harapan secretary-general, said that the unity government was intact and functional.
He flatly dismissed the rumoured threat to topple and remove Anwar.