Former Wanita PKR chief Zuraida Kamaruddin today said the call by Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders for MPs to back its chairman Anwar Ibrahim showed that the coalition still lacks the numbers needed to topple the government.
“This open appeal is an act of desperation and proof that PH simply does not have the numbers, and has never had the numbers.
“Despite their own inability to form the government, they have been repeatedly and recklessly trying to bring down the current government,” said Zuraida, who alongside about a dozen MPs quit PKR to join Muhyiddin Yassin’s new coalition last year.
The leaders of the three parties in PH today urged MPs opposed to Muhyiddin to rally behind Anwar as the prime ministerial candidate, ahead of the confidence vote in Muhyiddin scheduled for Sept 7.
But Zuraida described the statement as a “desperate plea”.
“They have in fact scored a spectacular own goal.”
Anwar, his Umno counterpart Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former leader Najib Razak have been at the forefront of efforts to topple Muhyiddin since last year.
Their efforts gathered momentum recently with a call by Zahid on Cabinet ministers from his party to quit the government. Both Zahid and Najib say they have mustered the support of about 15 MPs from Umno.
Zuraida accused PH and Anwar of “putting on a show of smoke and mirrors” in the hope that MPs would join their side.
“Remember how on Oct 13 last year, Anwar went to the palace purportedly to send in so-called proof of support for him to be the prime minister?
“Nothing came out of that,” she said, adding that similar attempts to topple the government during the tabling of the 2021 budget last year also failed.
“Now, once again, PH led by Anwar again attempts to destabilise the government working hard to overcome the pandemic.”