Has the door slammed shut on Anwar again? PH to wait and see


PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan (PH) has decided to wait and see if Anwar Ibrahim’s hopes of becoming prime minister have again been dashed, following speculation that Ismail Sabri Yaakob has received the support of 114 MPs to form a new government.

PH secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the opposition coalition would only comment on the latest developments after the King makes a decision.

“We have taken the stand to only comment after an official statement is issued from the Palace, in respect of the process being carried out by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he told

Meanwhile, PKR leader Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid refused to issue any statements, saying he had been instructed by his “mentor” (Anwar) to “keep his mouth shut” for the next two days.

“If I speak wrongly, my ‘teacher’ would get angry. I will return to my cave. See you in 48 hours,” said the Kapar MP.

Earlier today, Muhyiddin Yassin had confirmed that his coalition (PN) had agreed to nominate Umno’s Ismail as the prime minister candidate for the “new Perikatan Nasional government”.

The 50 PN MPs backing Ismail, along with the rest from Barisan Nasional, are reportedly enough for him to be appointed as the country’s ninth prime minister.

The King is expected to issue an official statement after his meeting with the Malay Rulers tomorrow.

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