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PN says submitted more than 112 SDs in support of Muhyiddin

This comes ahead of a 2pm deadline set by Istana Negara yesterday, which has since been extended following a request by Barisan Nasional chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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A motorcyclist passes a road decked out in Perikatan Nasional flags and banners in Tambun, Perak.
A motorcyclist passes a road decked out in Perikatan Nasional flags and banners in Tambun, Perak.

Perikatan Nasional (PN) has submitted statutory declarations (SD) from MPs to show that the coalition has achieved the majority needed to back Muhyiddin Yassin as the next prime minister.

"The number of SDs submitted is more than 112, which is the majority vote needed from MPs for the appointment of the prime minister under Article 43 of the Federal Constitution," said PN secretary-general Hamzah Zainudin.

This comes ahead of a 2pm deadline set by Istana Negara yesterday, which has since been extended following a request by Barisan Nasional chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid and a group of Umno leaders today held discussions with PH leaders led by Anwar Ibrahim, as the latter stepped up efforts to get more MPs on his side.

Yesterday, Sarawak's GPS pledged its 22 MPs in support of PN, alongside six MPs from Sabah's GRS, saying they were joining forces with BN MPs. 

Zahid however denied that BN had committed support for Muhyiddin, and warned MPs that they could lose their seats if they did not toe the party line.

Zahid has come under intense pressure following BN's thrashing in the newly concluded election, with several Umno leaders quitting their posts and urging him to do the same.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang meanwhile said PN had obtained enough support from MPs to form a new government in Putrajaya. 

Speaking to reporters after leaving Muhyiddin's house in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, today, he said the coalition was waiting for an invitation from the palace for an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

"We have enough. More than enough," he said.