Snap polls? No reason for one, say Anwar and Kit Siang

Anwar Ibrahim (right) and Lim Kit Siang. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Two Pakatan Harapan leaders have brushed off talk of a possible snap election being called, declaring that there is no reason for it.

Anwar Ibrahim said he was with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday and there was “no indication of anything”.

The PKR president said the ruling coalition was still intact.

“We just won the mandate (from the people), we got the majority and the coalition is together,” he said, referring to the May 9 polls.

Anwar was speaking to reporters after chairing the parliamentary caucus on reform and governance here today.

The Port Dickson MP was asked to comment on MCA president Wee Ka Siong’s claim that an early general election will be called before PH’s mandate expires in 2023 because of problems within the coalition such as lack of clarity about the transfer of power from Mahathir to Anwar.

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang meanwhile said he did not see any possibility of a snap election, saying that despite the differences among the coalition members, PH survived the first year.

The Iskandar Puteri MP said PH’s second year would be better than the first as the government had been “draining the swamp” for the past year.

He said the ruling coalition was now focused on fulfilling its promises, which many people had expected it to deliver overnight.

“But we didn’t realise that the swamp was so horrendous. A month after our first anniversary, things are developing and this includes our battle against corruption.

“The coming year will be better, so I see no reason for a snap election,” he said.