Fraught with tension and speculation, Malaysia’s 15th General Election is arguably one of the tensest ones in recent memory, after a hung Parliament was declared when no political coalition managed to secure a divisive simple majority of 112 seats.
But after five days of political limbo and discussions between varying factions as well as audiences with His Majesty His Majesty KDYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Pakatan Harapan leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has officially been declared as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
In his first press conference held after his swearing-in ceremony at Istana Negara, the new Prime Minister-elect explained that the unity government, as proposed by His Majesty The King, will formally consist of members of Pakatan Harapan, Barisan Nasional, as well as Gabungan Parti Sarawak. Anwar adds that he will remain open to the participation of parties from within the Perikatan Nasional coalition.
PAS says they will discuss with PN on joining PH’s unity government
And it would now seem that members of PAS leadership are potentially keen on exploring that avenue, in a congratulatory statement on account of Anwar’s appointment issued by PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan.
Beyond expressing their gratitude to Allah SWT and His Majesty for resolving the political deadlock without further delay, Takiyuddin said that they will now bring the matter of joining forces with the unity government to members of Perikatan Nasional for discussion.
“Regarding the offer issued by the Prime Minister to Perikatan Nasional to join a Unity Government under his leadership, PAS would like to extend our thanks and will bring the matter up for discussion with the other member components of PN at the soonest possible time. At the same time, we will also look into the opinions and readiness of the people, especially voters who have voted in PAS and PN’s favour during GE15.” the statement reads.
Previously, Perikatan Nasional leader Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had turned down His Majesty’s proposal to form a unity government with Pakatan Harapan. He then demanded that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim showed proof of his majority support after the latter was sworn into office yesterday evening.
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