The Perikatan Nasional (PN) government is not a backdoor government but a democratic one, says PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Speaking at the PN convention on Saturday (27 August), the PAS president said the PN government was formed democratically after the Sheraton Move in 2020 and was given the mandate to helm Putrajaya following the collapse of Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“Colleagues from various parties left PH and joined PAS, Umno and other parties from Sabah and Sarawak in forming a new government through a democratic process.”
“It’s not backdoor. It’s democratic because we collected enough MPs. This is democracy. We took over to strengthen the government,” he said.
Later in his speech, he described the PH government as “instant noodles”, saying the coalition which captured federal power in May 2018 was too raw to lead the administration.
Hadi then said PH’s downfall was due to the lack of leadership, weaknesses and other wrongdoings, as well as failure to properly channel assistance to the people.
“When PH took over, things were disorganised. They are like uncooked instant noodles. Crises due to squabbling over the prime ministership and other leadership positions made them oblivious to issues that should have been prioritised.”
He also gave credit to the PN government for taking over the government without any provocation, bloodshed, public demonstration, or crisis over the prime minister candidate.
Hadi said that although there has been a change in the prime minister, the current government still comprise a majority of cabinet members and MPs from PN.
The five component parties that make up Perikatan Nasional (PN) then nominated chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as their prime ministerial candidate should the co-ruling coalition win the 15th general election.
Gerakan president Datuk Dominic Lau Hoe Chai urged the 1,300 delegates attending the PN convention to work together so its chairman Muhyiddin could be prime minister again.
“Let’s gather all our strength from ministers to all members of the coalition to make Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin the 10th prime minister of Malaysia,” he said.
Meanwhile, in his opening speech, Muhyiddin confidently forecasted that the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional will lose in the coming GE regardless of when it will be held.