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At least 10 govt MPs set to join Opposition, says Bersatu leader

Publish date: Sat, 02 Dec 2023, 02:16 PM

PETALING JAYA: At least 10 government MPs from various parties may rally support and join Perikatan Nasional, claims Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof.

The Bersatu supreme council member said the MPs looking to make the jump included those from PKR who were disappointed over the current government being led by DAP.

"Rather than speculating about more Bersatu MPs supporting the government, I think talks of government MPs, including from Barisan Nasional and PKR, supporting Perikatan to form a new government, are more realistic.

"I heard about more than 10 MPs wanting to switch sides. They are studying issues plaguing the government today and realise that it is led by DAP," he said. 

However, the former Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative minister declined to provide names of the MPs allegedly making the switch nor provided evidence to back his statement.

On Tuesday (Nov 28), Bukit Gantang MP Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal from Bersatu joined the list of Opposition MPs backing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Four Bersatu MPs have pledged support for Anwar's leadership.

They are Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid (Kuala Kangsar), Suhaili Abdul Rahman (Labuan), Mohd Azizi Abu Naim (Gua Musang) and Zahari Kechik (Jeli).

With support from five Bersatu MPs, Anwar should now have 152 parliamentarians on his side, but it cannot be proven until bloc voting takes place in the Dewan Rakyat.

Sinar Harian has reported Perikatan insiders saying that at least eight more Bersatu lawmakers from Perak and Kedah were set to follow in the footsteps of the five MPs soon.

Amid this, Redzuan still claimed that one of the 17 component parties in the coalition government is set to quit soon to support Perikatan.

"Even if the coalition government garners the support of 154 MPs, the support is still 'fragile’.

"I urge Perikatan lawmakers to not make decisions (in switching sides) they will regret when we form the government soon," he said.

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