Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) today said it would need to rethink its decision to back Anwar Ibrahim as candidate for prime minister if his support from other quarters involves some 15 MPs from Umno including those facing multiple corruption charges.
PSB president Wong Soon Koh said the party was adamant about sticking to its principle of refusing cooperation with any government that has the support of kleptocrats.
“We will have to wait and see where he (Anwar) gets his support from,” Wong told MalaysiaNow.
“If the support comes from those who do not have the mandate of the people, again, then he will be like Muhyiddin (Yassin) who offers everything to everyone.
“If you don’t follow our guidelines – to only give support to a government that has been elected by the people – that means we will have to think twice.”
MalaysiaNow earlier reported that 15 MPs aligned with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would back Anwar to be appointed as prime minister in the event that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government falls.
This came after negotiations by Pakatan Harapan with other opposition blocs and individual parties failed to gain their support for Anwar.
Wong maintained that his party would only support a government whose leaders had the mandate of the people.
“We don’t recognise the PN government because it is a backdoor government,” he said. “He (Muhyiddin) has no mandate from the people.
“PSB will only support a government that has the mandate of the people, based on the result of the previous general election. We have to listen to the people’s voice.”