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It won't be a 'PH govt' if we join forces with BN, Anwar admits

He says the new administration would be a coalition government.

Staff Writers
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Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim speaks at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim speaks at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

Anwar Ibrahim today said any new government formed under him will not be known as a Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, hours after holding discussions with Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders in his search for the majority support from MPs.

He also played down news that Perikatan Nasional (PN) had achieved enough support from MPs to form the government, saying their stand could be nullified after today's meeting.

He said this was because the MPs who were supporting Muhyiddin was under the impression that it would be a "PH government".

Asked about GPS and GRS declaring their support for PN, Anwar said they would change their minds.

"They rejected PH and DAP, possibly because they thought it would be a DAP government or PH government. This is essentially a coalition government," he said.

Anwar also said he believed Sembrong MP Hishammuddin Hussein would change his strong stand against supporting him.

"There's no DAP or PH government here. It is a unity government. So I believe he has now revised his views," said Anwar, and repeated a reminder by Zahid that BN MPs were bound by an undertaking signed with Zahid giving him the mandate to enter into any political alliance.

The PKR leader also justified PH's about-turn, despite leaders repeatedly making it clear during campaigning that there would be no cooperation with BN.

"We have to proceed to form an inclusive government. We are accepted as the biggest bloc and quite comfortable in terms of the numbers secured. But we still require the support of all parties.

"As we have always said, we have to save the country," he added.