The leader of the Malaysian opposition, Anwar Ibrahim, announced that he had presented King Abdullah Ahmad Shah with a list of the names of the MPs who support him, and in turn the king assured him that he would hold consultations with the leaders of the parties before making a final decision on the possibility of assigning him to form a new government.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Ibrahim said he had presented “unquestionable evidence” of winning the support of the majority in parliament, and called on current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to resign after losing the parliamentary majority.
Ibrahim appealed to all politicians of all affiliations to show patience and leave the decision to the “wisdom” of the king. He also called on his supporters to be patient and not celebrate, stressing the need not to spread rumors.
“Bloomberg” news agency quoted Ibrahim as saying that he had the support of more than 120 deputies in the 220-member parliament, adding that Yassin’s government had lost the majority and had to resign.
Before his meeting with the king, the first of its kind since the formation of the current government last March, Ibrahim posted a picture this morning with his wife on Facebook and commented, “I hope that things go smoothly today.”
The royal palace announced that Ahmed Shah had initiated extensive consultations with leaders of political parties to discuss the political situation, without addressing the outcome of his meeting with Ibrahim. However, a statement by the royal court said that the latter had not confirmed his position with documents and that the king had advised him to follow the procedures stipulated in the constitution.
The king has several options if he is convinced that Ibrahim enjoys the support of the majority in parliament, including dissolving parliament, ordering a vote of confidence, or appointing him a new prime minister.
Ibrahim announced last month that he had the support of a “massive majority” in parliament to oust Yassin, who took office narrowly in March after the collapse of another coalition government led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.