PN minority government likely as opposition parties too bitterly divided to rule

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KOTA KINABALU: A minority government is highly likely as none of the political warlords who are trying to wrest power from the Muhyiddin-led Perikatan Nasional has the majority, according to political observers.

In this circumstance, they say, the current prime minister commands the confidence of the House with 102 members.

Although Pakatan Harapan (92 members), Zahid-led Umno (15) and Pejuang plus Warisan (13) have a combined 120 members, the question remains as to whether they are only united to bring down the current government but are too deeply disunited to govern.

Until now, no one from the opposition has indicated their PM candidate should they succeed in ousting prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin and overthrow his administration.

Some observers question if any of them could even work together at all as it is an open secret about a bitter rivalry that exists among them.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad of Pejuang had openly rejected PKR president Anwar Ibrahim of becoming prime minister. Naturally, Warisan, an ally of Mahathir and his party, must take the same stance.

There have also been questions how Pakatan Harapan especially the DAP could sleep on the same bed with Zahid-led Umno now having fought so hard to overthrow them in the last general elections.

Against this background, many see them as a bunch of misfits desperate for power.

It is also public knowledge that Umno, which is now split in two blocs, started it all by pulling out of the government and force the general election unless Muhyddin agrees to intervene in the corruption cases against some of their leaders and give the party more power in the government.-BorneoGazette

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