KUALA LUMPUR: A Whatsapp message saying Pakatan Harapan has the simple majority to form a government has been making its rounds.
A curious reader, who forwarded the text to the New Straits Times, asked if there was any truth to it.
The message, from an unknown source, among others, read: "By the way, PH is back in power. 18 MPs (members of parliament) from GPS gave support to PH an hour ago. (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim) is very close to Sarawak.”
It claimed Amanah strategic communications chief Khalid Samad had made the announcement at PKR headquarters, listing the number of seats for each party, namely, PKR (39), DAP (42), Amanah (13), Warisan (10) and GPS (18).
Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who had resigned as the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman, was also in the list.
Khalid’s aide however denied the announcement, saying that it was fake.
“(It’s) fake. (There was) no announcement made. No PC (press conference),” he said in a Whatsapp reply to the NST.
Leaders from both divides have claimed that they held the simple majority to form the government.
Khalid was reported as saying that PH had the support despite possibility that it might not translate to a two-thirds majority.
Pas secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, meanwhile, claimed that the party, along with Barisan Nasional, had enough MPs to form a government.
Bersatu has announced its departure from PH, amid speculations that it would join Barisan Nasional, Pas, Warisan, GPS, as well as ex-PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s independent bloc, to form a new coalition, Perikatan Nasional.
Pas and BN, which had initially voiced support for Dr Mahathir as the premier, however retracted, and called for snap elections instead.