Ismail Sabri: BN not backing any coalition, agrees to be Opposition

The coalition also did not propose any name for PM candidate

BARISAN Nasional (BN) Supreme Council today decided not to support any coalition to form the government, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (picture).

The Umno VP posted in social media BN agreed to be in the Opposition.

“God willing, BN Supreme Council has made the decision not to back any coalition to form the government. BN is not supporting Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Perikatan Nasional (PN),” he said. 

Ismail Sabri was among the leaders present in the BN Supreme Council meeting chaired by BN chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Menara Dato Onn today.

Also present were BN deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, BN vice-chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran as well as BN secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Sabah BN chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said no statutory declarations were signed by BN MPs at the BN meeting today.

Apart from that, he said the meeting today also did not propose any name for the post of prime minister (PM).

“We in solidarity on waiting for the decision of the top leadership to determine our direction,” he said when met after the BN Supreme Council meeting.

Also confirming that no sworn statements were signed by BN MPs today were Jelebu MP Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.

The 15th General Election (GE15) on Nov 19 ended in a hung Parliament where no party or coalition of parties obtained a simple majority of 112 seats to form the federal government.

The results of GE15 saw PH winning 82 parliamentary seats, PN (73), BN (30), Gabungan Parti Sarawak (23), Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (six), Parti Warisan Sabah (three), independent (two) and one seat each for Parti Bangsa Malaysia and Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat.

Meanwhile, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said he will decide on the appointment of the 10th PM soon.

His Majesty also called on the people to accept the decision about the appointment and the formation of a new government whatever it may be.

“Let’s accept the decision of the people, accept the decision of the people’s representatives and accept the decision of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Please, be rational and we have to move on, we have to move forward for our beloved country.

“Let me make the decision as soon as possible,” His Majesty told reporters outside Istana Negara Gate 2 today.

Yesterday, Istana Negara informed that His Majesty agreed to extend the deadline for the political party and coalition leaders to submit their proposed coalition to form the new government and name of PM candidate to 2pm today. — Bernama