Fresh attempt to topple unity govt via ‘forced’ by-elections?

Rumours abound some BN reps being wooed to quit their parties, re-contest under opposition

(The Vibes) – The rumour mill continues to churn over purported attempts to remove Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, five months after the formation of the unity government.

Talks within the political sphere are that there is now a fresh plot to unseat the prime minister that could involve the forcing of by-elections.

Under the current anti-party hopping law, any MP who resigns or ceases to be a member of their party will lose their seat in the Dewan Rakyat, triggering a by-election.

It is understood that some Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs are currently being wooed by certain key individuals and persuaded to take part in a “do-or-die mission” to quit their party and sacrifice their seats.

Word on the street is that they would then seek re-election under the opposition banner.

It comes as Perikatan Nasional (PN) appears resigned to the fact that it is unlikely to convince the Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi-led BN to withdraw en masse the coalition’s support for Anwar and form a new government together with parties from Sabah and Sarawak.

This is going by the firm commitment given by the Umno leadership to the prime minister, with key instigators like Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Khairy Jamaluddin even facing disciplinary actions for their incessant criticism of the decision to work with Pakatan Harapan (PH).

In view of this, PN leaders are said to have no alternative in their bid to attempt a coup other than by convincing disgruntled BN lawmakers to make the switch, with plans also supposedly in place to get parties from East Malaysia to join.

For the record, even if PN obtains the backing of all MPs other than those from PH and BN, it would still be two short of securing a simple majority of 112 – this means the coalition would still require the support of at least a few BN lawmakers.

Rogue MPs among those being targeted

A source familiar with the matter told The Vibes that the purported plan is being manoeuvred and supported by PN chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and other coalition bigwigs.

However, with Bersatu’s accounts frozen and many of its leaders under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, it appears that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his trusted lieutenant Tun Daim Zainuddin are being looked upon to engineer and fund the exodus of support from the unity government.

Dr Mahathir has been vocally critical of Anwar’s administration, and had recently openly urged the Malays to reject the PKR president, accusing his one-time deputy of being behind the cancellation of the Malay Proclamation programme.

The extent of their involvement in the alleged scheme, however, remains unclear at the moment.

Meanwhile, an insider told The Vibes that at least a dozen BN lawmakers are said to be currently eyed to take part in the grand plan to bring down the government.

Among them are the 10 MPs who had previously signed statutory declarations backing Muhyiddin as their prime minister candidate after last year’s general election.

They include Umno’s Hishammuddin, Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad, and Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias; MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng; and MIC’s Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

“I understand there are already talks with some of the MPs, but I’m not sure how far negotiations have gone, or if there is any progress,” said the insider.

The source also expressed doubt that Sabah and Sarawak MPs would back Muhyiddin as prime minister and cause the collapse of the current administration, going by the commitment they have given to the unity government and their desire to see stability.

“Supporting PN, without the full backing of BN, would then make little sense to the Borneo parties as there will be instability due to the small majority.”

Sabah and Sarawak voters have been vociferous against any government that includes PAS and its brand of Islam that is perceived as radical and divisive.

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