KUALA LUMPUR: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim says the formation of the next government is up to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“It’s solely the discretion and the prerogative of the Agong, so I leave it entirely to his discretion,” he told reporters when met outside his residence in Segambut here today.
When asked if he had the numbers to support him becoming the next prime minister and form the government, he said that too was the prerogative of the Agong, adding: “We’re not supposed to play with numbers.”
Anwar said the Agong’s decision to meet with all the MPs has rendered the statutory declarations signed by Umno, PAS and several PKR lawmakers irrelevant as each lawmaker had to make a choice before the King.
He said as such, their choices made before the Agong might be different to their public statements.
He also said no deals had been struck with interim Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad for him to take over, adding that he was “always patient and confident”.
PKR will be holding a press conference at its headquarters at 4.30pm.
Anwar and other PH MPs were at Istana Negara earlier today to make known their choice of the next prime minister to the Agong.
Wangsa Maju MP Dr Tan Yee Kew had said PKR MPs signed a declaration for Anwar to be made the 8th prime minister, while Sin Chew Daily reported that DAP MPs have also been told to nominate Anwar for the top post.