KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — The impasse of the hung parliament has finally come to an end after five days, as the Malaysia King officially announced Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysia’s 10th Prime Minister and will be sworn in at 5 pm today (24 Nov).
Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah held a special meeting with fellow Malay Rulers this morning at Istana Negara to seek opinions from fellow Malay rulers to come to a decision that would be in the interest of the people and the country.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara said the appointment of the Anwar Ibrahim, Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman was made in accordance with Article 40(2)(a) and Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.
The King reminded that the winner does not win all and neither does the loser lose all, he urged all the Members of the Parliament of Malaysia to join hands for the country’s future.
His Majesty stressed that the country is like a heritage and all the leaders are their caretakers. “This heritage needs to be taken care of because it will be inherited by the young generation who will lead the country continue to the pinnacle of success.”
Following the conclusion of the Malaysia 15th General Election (GE15), Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition garnered 82 parliamentary seats while Perikatan National (PN) led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin gained 73 seats.
UMNO, Barisan National(BN) leading component party had earlier made a unanimous decision to obey Malaysia King’s order for BN to support and take part in a unity government not led by Perikatan Nasional(PN).
Muhyiddin Yassin had earlier refused to cooperate with PH to form unity government.
However, Perikatan National secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, released another statement today, saying the coalition will “consider suggestions to form a unity government” with “like-minded parties” for the people and national stability.
Meanwhile, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), Sabah political coalition that won 6 seats in GE 15, issued a statement claiming that their coalition is agreeable to the formation of a unity government as advised by the King.