Sanusi denies talk of 'Dubai Move' but says govt will not last five years

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor (pic) has hinted at the possibility of Perikatan Nasional leaders attempting to overthrow the government but refused to acknowledge any so-called "Dubai Move".

He said the recent declarations of support by five Bersatu MPs for the unity government shows there is a loophole in the anti-party hopping law.

Therefore, he said Perikatan leaders should not be blamed if it managed to pull some MPs to its side to form the next federal government.

"As far as I know, I can't share anything with you and I have no intention of sharing it.

"I don't think there's such a thing as the 'Dubai Move'... it could be a 'Chow Kit move' if the discussion was made in Kuala Lumpur or 'Alor Star move' if in Kedah.

"I think it's not impossible (for a change of government) because the current government has shown us that there is a loophole in the anti-party hopping law.

"If they can 'score', why can't we 'score' too? Don't get angry if we win," he said during a press conference at Wisma Darul Aman in Alor Star, which was livestreamed on his Facebook page.

Talk of a "Dubai Move" came about after Community Communications Department (J-Kom) deputy director-general Datuk Ismail Yusop claimed that a meeting took place involving Perikatan leaders and government MPs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to Ismail, the meeting was to assign specific tasks to "agents" responsible for identifying MPs who may want to switch their support to the Opposition.

On Tuesday (Jan 2), Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he was aware of the "Dubai Move" even before the individuals involved landed in the UAE.

Sanusi had said that the current government would not last the five-year term but did not provide any evidence.

"I see it happening. We will always try and the other side will always try to defend. Nobody complained about the five (Bersatu MPs), so if they can take five, maybe we can take 10.

"The government opened the loophole and we are simply walking the same path, nothing undemocratic or unconstitutional about that.

"Let them be rattled. Many are worried now. This government will fall. I know when but I can't tell you," he said.

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