Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statutory declarations (SD) sent to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong included members from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Barisan Nasional (BN), a source reveals.
According to New Straits Times, the SDs were, however, premature as Muhyiddin did this despite GPS’ statement that the coalition would leave matters regarding the formation of a new government to the king’s discretion.
The source explained that this is why Muhyiddin was left confused after his audience with the King at 4.30 pm yesterday (22 November) when the King said the Pagoh MP did not have the majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
It is also understood that Muhyiddin submitted the SD on Monday (21 November) and anyone can change their mind as long as the deadline has not approached.
“He (Muhyiddin) thought by submitting the SDs early it would help secure his second attempt to be prime minister.”
“He said he was shocked at what His Majesty said, that he didn’t have the majority, but the entire country had already seen the GPS statement earlier today.”
“Basically, GPS’ consent was not properly sought by PN,” the source was quoted as saying.
Muhyiddin’s plan crippled
It was also revealed that Muhyiddin claimed that he secured the support of 115 members of parliament, hence a simple majority was achieved.
In the 15th General Election (GE15), PN won 73 parliamentary seats. Without GPS’s 23 seats, PN is now left with 92 seats.
Meanwhile, the identities of the remaining 19 MPs who signed the SD with Muhyiddin remained unknown but it is believed that a majority of them are from Barisan Nasional (BN).
However, BN later decided it should stay as the Opposition and not align itself with either PN or PH.