Perak’s new govt composition a haze

Umno, PKR, DAP and Amanah representatives met Sultan Nazrin at Istana Kinta yesterday

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by BERNAMA

THE composition of Perak’s new government is still uncertain as the state’s political parties hold contradicting views on whether they could “tie the knot” for the sake of forming a new government.

Currently, there is no single party that could form the government, and Perak’s Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition is not in a stable condition following the crisis triggered by a confidence motion filed last Friday, causing Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu to resign as mentri besar (MB).

It was reported that Umno, PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara representatives met the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, who needs to appoint a new MB, at Istana Kinta yesterday.

Umno was represented by party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman, while DAP, PKR and Amanah were each represented by their respective state chief.

The Sultan had summoned Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and PAS representatives to the palace for them to express their views on the formation of the new government.

However, three PAS assemblymen, who were scheduled to meet the Sultan yesterday afternoon, cancelled their visit following an instruction from the federal level, Utusan Malaysia reported.

PAS commissioner Razman Zakaria said they were still waiting for a direction either to take part in the process or not.

On Monday, Kedah MB Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor, who is also PAS central election director, said the party will act as a mediator to ease the tension between the PN parties — referring to Umno and Bersatu following the Perak political crisis.

PAS in an earlier statement said it refused to join the new Perak administration, noting that DAP was involved in the removal of Bersatu deputy president and that PAS had consistently called for PN to remain intact.

The motion of confidence last Friday was brought forward by Salbiah Mohamed (BN-Temengor) and Howard Lee Chuan How (DAP-Pasir Pinji) on the grounds that the house needed to prove that the MB of Perak commanded most of the support before the state Supply Bill could be tabled.

On Dec 6, DAP, PKR and Umno stated that they were willing to work with each other and form a new strong government. If materialised, the coalition would comprise a total of 45 assemblymen.

Perak Assembly has 59 seats, dominated by BN with 25 seats — all from Umno, followed by DAP (16), Amanah (5), Bersatu (5), PKR (3) and PAS (3), while others are from Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia and one independent representative.

In a statement yesterday, Perak DAP chief Nga Kor Ming reiterated that DAP would work with any party including their long-time foe, Umno.

However, Umno supreme council members who met earlier on Monday decided that the PN government — comprising Bersatu, PAS and BN — must remain in Perak.


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