In the latest development surrounding the state of Malaysian politics after yesterday’s hung Parliament outcome from the 15th General Elections, national news agency BERNAMA reports that the Premier of Sarawak, Abang Johari Openg, has agreed to work with the Perikatan Nasional coalition, in addition to Barisan Nasional and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah to form the new Federal Government.
Sarawak Premier agrees to collaborate with PN, BN, GRS to form new Federal Govt
This comes after it was earlier reported that both he and his counterpart in Sabah, chairman Hajiji Noor of the ruling Gabungan Parti Sabah, had been in discussions to potentially create a ‘Borneo bloc’ with the intention of breaking the unprecedented political impasse. According to Hajiji, they will most likely put their weight behind a party that will be beneficial to East Malaysia at large.
As per current election results, Pakatan Harapan (DAP, PKR, Amanah, MUDA, and United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation) leads ahead with 81 seats, which is followed by Perikatan Nasional (BERSATU, PAS, STAR, SAPP, and GERAKAN) with 73 seats. On the other hand, former ruling coalition Barisan Nasional only managed to snag 30 seats in Parliament.
GPS and GRS managed to win 22 seats and 6 seats respectively, while Parti Warisan Sabah and Parti Bangsa Malaysia secured three seats and one seat each.
Given that fact, no party was able to call a decisive win without the majority number of 112 to form a government. His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong issued a statement earlier today, urging leaders of each political coalition to submit their numbers and Prime Minister candidates by tomorrow (November 21st, 2022) at 2.00pm.
In light of this recent development, it looks as though a new coalition will be created between components of PN, BN, GRS, and GPS for the sake of forming the next Federal Government.