Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has challenged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to prove his legitimacy as the prime minister.
In a press conference just minutes before Anwar was sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister at the Royal Palace, the PN chairman requested for Anwar to prove that he commands the majority of the Dewan Rakyat to be appointed prime minister.
Muhyiddin added that he was not disputing the formation of a unity government, but Anwar’s appointment as prime minister.
At the same time, he also insisted that he still commands the majority support with the 115 statutory declarations (SD) of MPs backing him as the prime minister.
Muhyiddin said this was required by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Harun. “We followed what was required,” he said.
“PN had sent a letter from the PAS secretary-general, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) chairman and the Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) president stating their agreement to form a coalition government with PN.”
“Also, initially 114 statutory declarations were sent to Istana Negara of MPs expressing their unconditional trust in me to be appointed prime minister.”
“There were 73 MPs from PN, 22 from GPS, 6 from GRS, 1 from KDM, two independents and 10 from Barisan Nasional,” the Bersatu president said.
Meanwhile, he also questioned the 24-hour deadline extension given by the palace for the other coalitions to prove their numbers.
“Istana Negara has issued a statement that Anwar has the majority and will be appointed as Prime Minister. If Anwar has the majority, he must show it not just to us, but the whole country.”
“We want to see it first, give him the chance. If he can prove it, he must show the SDs,” he said.
Watch the press conference here: