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Unity govt has two-thirds majority with support of GRS, says Anwar

Anwar Ibrahim says the size of the Cabinet will also be reduced.

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The Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur.
The Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim today said the unity government under his leadership has achieved a two-thirds majority with the participation of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).

Speaking at a press conference on his first day at the Prime Minister’s Office at Perdana Putra, Anwar said the matter was conveyed to him by Sabah Chief Minister Hajiji Noor, who is also GRS chairman.

"This will further enhance the country’s political stability and enable the focus to be on work to raise the dignity of the country, boost the economy and defend the people’s interest," he said.

The total number of seats needed to obtain a two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat is 148.

On the formation of the Cabinet, Anwar said its size would be reduced. He said he was also seeking the agreement of members who would be appointed to reduce their salaries.

He said the formation of the Cabinet was still under discussion but would be announced as soon as possible.

Anwar said he would refer to the parties involved regarding the formation of the Cabinet. 

"The respective parties will propose the names for my consideration," he said when asked about the breakdown of Cabinet members according to party.

At his first media conference as prime minister last night, Anwar said that the unity government would be formed with the participation of several parties to ensure stability in the country and economy as well as to uphold the spirit of the Federal  Constitution.

He said the three largest components forming the unity government would be Pakatan Harapan, Barisan Nasional and Gabungan Parti Sarawak.

Anwar was earlier reported as saying that the size of the Cabinet would be reduced to a maximum of 25 ministers compared to 31 under the administration of former prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.