'Anwar's position secure for now, Sheraton Move unlikely'

KUALA LUMPUR: A political analyst has refuted the idea that the Pakatan Harapan government is unstable or that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's position is insecure.

James Chin of the University of Tasmania's Asia Institute said Anwar's position was solid and no party would want to challenge that now.

He further expressed doubt that any party will attempt to grab power from the new government anytime soon.

Anwar, he said has gathered a bloc of coalitions, individual parties and independents that crosses the two-thirds majority threshold in the Dewan Rakyat.

"I don't think any side wants to see political instability again," Chin told FMT when asked for his thoughts on the likelihood of another Sheraton Move, the political manoeuvre of 2020 that saw some MPs from Bersatu and PKR joining forces with those from Barisan Nasional and Pas which led to the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.

Sheraton Move references started trending after a recent meeting between some Pas and Umno leaders.

Chin said he believed political issues that might spark another Sheraton Move would surface only next year, when the state assemblies of Kedah, Selangor, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Kelantan and Terengganu would be dissolved to pave the way for elections.

He said the outcome of the state polls would "confirm which coalition is the most powerful" in the country.

Analyst, Oh Ei Sun of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, said even though Anwar's position seemed secure, he wouldn't rule out another Sheraton Move.

He said it could happen if a bloc within the ruling coalition had the willingness to carry it out.

"When it happened in February 2020, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not resign as prime minister.

"He only resigned on the third day after it happened."

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