Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim to satisfy king in problem for management | Malaysia
Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will meet with the king of the Southeast Asian nation on Tuesday to prove he has the parliamentary support needed to replace Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who took power in March.
Anwar added a new twist to the country’s political drama last month after declaring he had won a “strong majority” of federal politicians to form a new government.
The renewed battle for power comes as Malaysia faces a new wave of coronavirus cases that have prompted authorities to impose a two-week lockdown in Kuala Lumpur and neighboring Selangor, the country’s richest state, starting at midnight (4:00 p.m.). to impose GMT) on Tuesday.
Should Anwar succeed in securing the post, it would be the culmination of a decade-long search during which he spent almost 10 years in prison. He would also become Malaysia’s third prime minister that year.
Muhyiddin emerged as leader in March after a week of political unrest when several angry members of the then-ruling Harapan coalition of Pakistan joined forces with parties that had lost power in 2018.
The move resulted in the resignation of 95-year-old Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister and missed the promise that Anwar would become prime minister two years after the Harapan victory.
No main party has made a clear statement of support for Anwar, although a party that is a member of the ruling coalition has said that some of its MPs support him.
“If the meeting does not produce a workable outcome, its credibility will be compromised and this could lead the opposition bloc to find another PM candidate,” said Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, senior associate at Reuters’ political advisory firm Vriens & Part .
King Al-Sultan Abdullah plays a largely ceremonial role but can appoint a prime minister who he believes is likely to have a majority in parliament. He also has the power to dissolve parliament and to trigger elections on the advice of the Prime Minister.
It was not clear whether the result would be known on Tuesday. Local media reported that Anwar was expected to meet the king around 10 a.m. (02:00 GMT). Police said Monday they had opened an investigation into Anwar’s majority claim after a list of his alleged supporters was posted on social media.
Muhyiddin, who was previously part of the Pakistani Harapan coalition, is under pressure as his government is dealing with COVID-19. The country had largely pushed the virus into the background, but an attempt to overthrow the Pakatan-friendly government in Sabah state coincided with an outbreak of the virus in the poorest state of Borneo, the poorest state in Malaysia.
Unless you resent the recent declaration to impose #CMCO in the Klangtal, you are either privileged (T20 etc.) or you are not paying attention to it. #PKPB
The harm this causes goes beyond the disease itself. I really don’t know what to say.
– Azrul Mohd Khalib (@azrulmohdkhalib) October 12, 2020
The MCO should buy us time to prepare the health system for future outbreaks and NOT eradicate the virus. What have we been doing in the last 6 months since MCO in March? Are you saying we haven’t prepared enough?
– Boo Su-Lyn (@boosulyn) October 12, 2020
After an election was scheduled to resolve the issue, politicians and campaign workers traveled back and forth between Borneo and the peninsula, sometimes not following protocols on wearing masks and social distancing.
Officials said those returning to Kuala Lumpur from Sabah would also not have to go to quarantine if they tested negative upon arrival at the airport, despite strict centralized quarantines for all overseas arrivals.
The virus has now spread to Sabah and has triggered outbreaks in every state in the country.
Politicians, including Malaysia’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Sabah’s new Prime Minister, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, among others. The entire cabinet is currently in a 14-day isolation phase.
News of the movement restrictions, known in Malaysia as CMCO, resulted in long queues in some supermarkets in the capital and neighboring suburbs [Lim Huey Teng/Reuters]563 new cases were reported on Monday, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 16,220.
The decision to impose a lockdown in Kuala Lumpur was met with anger by many residents, who questioned the need for such a broad response.
Health ministry director general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the move not only reflects the actual number of cases in an area, but also the pattern of transmission.
“If the transmission of the infection has spread to all counties in the state and new cases are registered every day, it means the transmission can no longer be effectively slowed down,” he wrote in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning.