Malaysian opposition leader Anwar plans new govt


Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said Wednesday he has secured a majority in Parliament to form a new government that is strong, stable and formidable, reports AP.

Anwar said he has been granted an audience with the king Tuesday but it was postponed because the king was in a hospital for treatment. He said he will not reveal details until after he has met the king.

Conclusively, we have a strong, formidable majority. I am not talking about four, five or six ... but much more than that, Anwar said. With a clear and indisputable support and majority behind me, the government led by ... Muhyiddin Yassin has fallen.

There was no immediate response from Muhyiddin, who is due to give a televised speech later Wednesday. Muhyiddin has been grappling to maintain support amid infighting in his coalition that has just a slim two-seat majority. He can ask the king to dissolve Parliament to seek early general elections. Science and Technology Minister Khairy Jamaluddin countered Anwar's claim.