The office of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today explained the alleged extent of support for the loose grouping of federal lawmakers like Pakatan Harapan parties and others identified as “Pakatan Plus.”
This was after Anwar said there were 107 MPs in support yesterday in a video conference, which his office said today was focused on estimates reported by the parties present at yesterday’s coalition meeting.
They provided several queries regarding the amount of PH, Warisan (Parti Warisan Sabah) and Bersatu (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) backers on the side of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Highlighting that they would like to remind that, as stated in his (Anwar’s) Facebook Live session on June 10, 2020, the 107 MPs are focused on the number of those from each group at the meeting of PH with Bersatu and Warisan on June 9, 2020 and have not yet taken into account the number of independent MPs or those absent from the conference.
The Federal Opposition Leader Anwar said all 107 MPs from PH, Dr Mahathir’s Bersatu group and Warisan should remain unified in their protection of their mandate in the 2018 general election.
Anwar commented that in a meeting he chaired yesterday at the PKR headquarters, they all pledged to remain united in resisting the “unclean” administration of Perikatan Nasional (PN).
That party actually comprises 107 (MPs) of us. We have to make sure that the mandate of the citizens is upheld and that the misunderstanding, embarrassment and abuse have to be prevented, “he said without further elaboration.
It has been speculated that Pakatan Plus — a name for a loose alliance that involves PH, the division of former Bersatu member now headed by Dr Mohamad and Warisan — has succeeded in obtaining the upper hand in the Dewan Rakyat, just a few months since it lost control during the February crisis.
There are also disagreements about his prime ministerial nominee within the alliance, though, with both Dr Mahathir and Anwar’s factions pretending to be still at loggerheads on the issue.