Anwar: Unity govt comprises PH, BN and GPS, but all are welcome

Anwar answering a phone call from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who congratulated him for his appointment as the 10th Malaysian Prime Minister before the start of the press conference in Selangor on Nov 24, 2022. Screenshot taken from an Astro Awani livestream.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Nov 24: Malaysia’s newly formed unity government is formed from three main coalitions, comprising Pakatan Harapan (PH), Barisan Nasional (BN) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
Newly appointed 10th Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim said this is a unity government that transcends beyond Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) or Democratic Action Party (DAP), or Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), or PH.

“Our intention is to ensure that we have stability and focus on the economy. 

“And to achieve that, we are appreciative of the fact that we now have a full commitment from the 30 MPs (Members of Parliament) from BN. 

“And today the Premier of Sarawak (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri) Abang Johari (Tun Openg) gave firm commitment that the MPs and GPS will be part and parcel of the unity government,” he told a press conference at Sungai Long Club House in Selangor which was streamed live through social media tonight.

In the 15th General Election (GE15), PH won 82 seats, BN won 30, while GPS got 23 seats. Perikatan Nasional (PN) came in second with 73 seats, while Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) got six seats, and other parties had seven seats. 

With that, Anwar emphasised it truly has a convincing majority together with other parties like Parti Warisan, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) and Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) which was represented by Julau MP Larry Sng. 

Admitting to having been approached by other parties and welcoming other parties for discussions, he said he took an open view as this is a unity government. 

“All are welcomed on condition that they accept the fundamental rules of good governance, no corruption and Malaysia for all Malaysians.

“Every Malaysian regardless of ethnicity, religious belief or regions of Sabah and Sarawak should be made to feel that they are in any way marginalised under my administration,” he emphasised. 

The focus will be on the economy, he added, as it was reassuring indeed that the stock market and ringgit has improved today.

“Let us now focus on the economy and whatever it takes to revive so that the welfare of the rakyat, especially the poor and marginalised will be protected,” he said. 

When asked about the appointment of GPS representatives into the unity cabinet, Anwar replied: “When I have decided, I will inform you”. — DayakDaily