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Why would UMNO MPs support PN now, asks Bersatu youth wing leader

Publish date: Sun, 03 Dec 2023, 05:01 PM

BERSATU Youth wing leader Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal has refuted a claim from the party’s own supreme council member that 10 MPs from the ruling unity government would switch their support to the opposition coalition Perikatan Nasional (PN) to form a new government. The Machang MP stressed that Redzuan’s statement was based more on hearsay. “Of course, he (Mohd Redzuan) only heard the news from who knows where,” Berita Harian quoted him as saying.

“I strongly refute this. I refute the speculation which has no basis at all. Right now, Anwar has a two-thirds majority, so how do (government MPs) want to run (switch support) and so on?”  Even if the opposition managed to break the UMNO and get 10 of its MPs to support PN in Parliament, the coalition would only have 79 seats, which is insufficient to form a new government. On the other hand, UMNO supreme council member Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi joked that cars will fly before the 10 government MPs switch sides in Parliament. “Redzuan claims that maybe 10 government MPs will shift their support to PN. That is indeed a surprise. “But that will only happen if the ‘flying car’ that was planned by Redzuan can actually fly. “As long as the flying car is impossible to fly, then the first ‘batch’ of 10 people flying to PN is also impossible,” said Puad in a post on Facebook. Meanwhile, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil also refuted claims that government MPs would break away and support PN. He noted that the latest statement by Mohd Redzuan was not surprising. “If we see from the beginning, every month there is a new story and to me, this is something that will always be said, maybe by the opposition, because there are those who mention it within the parties, and they are now in panic mode.” “For me, the politicians and friends in Bersatu need not mention such things because the basic issue if we listen to Pakatan Harapan MPs is the refusal of the opposition leader to sit down to discuss this with the deputy prime minister for us to reach an agreement,” he added. - Dec 3, 2023

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