Don’t waste time on ruling MPs, say Mat Sabu, Guan Eng in veiled jibe at Anwar

Two of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) top leaders have warned the coalition against placing its trust in MPs from the ruling bloc to gain power, in what appears to be a veiled jibe at PKR president Anwar Ibrahim’s recent attempts to get Umno MPs to his side.

(MalaysiaNow) – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said the coalition’s narrow defeat in Tuesday’s vote on the 2021 budget in the Dewan Rakyat should be seen as an opportunity to build its strength with opposition parties outside of PH.

“The budget vote… has taught us not to waste our energy seeking the mirage of more than 111 MPs based only on PH’s core of 92 MPs. Should the 108 MPs be the base instead, how much stronger will PH Plus be,” they said in a joint statement.

They said while the vote showed that opposition MPs had not budged since the collapse of the PH government this year, it also disproved claims that ruling MPs would defect to back Anwar as prime minister.

“Not a single government backbencher voted with PH, including those who allegedly support Anwar. Clearly these government backbenchers are adept at playing political games to gain maximum leverage from the PN government,” they added.

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