Anwar Ibrahim Gives Proof of Support to the King of Malaysia
Windowofworld.com – Malaysia’s opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, said he had submitted documents to the King about strong and convincing parliamentary support to topple Prime Minister (PM) Muhyiddin Yassin.
The former deputy prime minister in the Mahathir Mohammad era said he had the support of more than 120 members in the 222-member parliament.
Anwar met with the king on Tuesday (13/10/2020) morning after saying last month that he had the support of a majority of lawmakers to form a new government.
“I urge all parties to give the king room to carry out his responsibilities under the constitution, and to check documents and call on party leaders to confirm and receive their input and views,” Anwar told reporters after the meeting.
The political crisis in Malaysia began when Mahathir Mohammad resigned after a split in the body of the coalition of his supporters. The King of Malaysia then appointed Muhyiddin Yasin as Prime Minister to replace Mahathir.
His opponents accused Muhyiddin of seizing power by shifting the coalition parties instead of getting them at the ballot box.
But Muhyiddin has a slim majority and there is speculation he could call elections to win a stronger mandate.
Anwar, 73, himself has had a chaotic political career over the past two decades.
At first he was a rising star of Malaysian politics, but was later jailed on charges of sodomy and corruption following his feud with the government. He spent nearly 10 years behind bars over accusations he and his supporters described as plotting to destroy his political career.
But he was granted a pardon by the kingdom in 2018 as part of a deal with Mahathir to replace prime minister.
If Anwar manages to win the prime ministerial seat, it will be the culmination of his 22-year long battle, including nearly 10 years in prison on numerous charges he denies.
It also means Malaysia will have a third prime minister this year.