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By Peter Sibon
KUCHING, Oct 14: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said he has yet to receive any invitation from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong regarding the claims by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that he has got the majority seats in Parliament.
“No…Agong hasn’t called GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak). Not that we are aware of…as for now,” Masing told a press conference at his office here today.
As such he labelled Anwar’s latest antics as childish.
“That is the political gimmick that we do not need to combat Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia. That’s why I said it is childish of him to do it.
“I think for now is how to contain Covid-19 and not ‘siapa jadi’ prime minister yet,” he added.
Masing further reiterated that the best opportunity for Anwar to be the prime minister was when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad resigned in February this year.
“When Tun Mahathir resigned, there was a vacuum (and) that should be the time when Anwar (should) come in and claim the majority. But he didn’t do it. Why?” he questioned.
On the claims that the present Perikatan Nasional (PN) was a backdoor government, Masing, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, pointed out that it was the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition that had given up the power.
“They capsized their own boat even though the mandate from the rakyat was given to them to govern the country in the last 14th General Election held in 2018.
“We did not stop them… who resigned? The prime minister Tun (Dr) Mahathir resigned. He is the one who capsized the boat,” he emphasized.
Masing was commenting on Anwar’s claim yesterday (Oct 13) that he has the majority seats in Parliament following his courtesy call on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara yesterday (Oct 13) morning.
However, Palace official later clarified that Anwar only informed the King that he has the majority but did not submit the list of members of Parliament (MPs) who are aligned with him.
It was also reported that the Agong will summon party leaders in the next few days to discuss the latest political update.
Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had told the media that he will leave it to the Agong to decide on his political fate. -DayakDaily