Greed, power play of PH top leaders caused week of chaos, says Tian Chua

PKR vice-president Tian Chua says ‘whole mess’ will not have started if PH leaders had supported Mahathir in carrying out his ‘grand plan to reconstruct the country and strengthen the economy’.

PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Tian Chua has asked PH leaders to apologise to the rakyat for causing “one week of havoc and uncertainty” due to personal greed and power play.

He said the “whole mess” would not have started if PH leaders had supported interim Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s “grand plan to reconstruct the country and strengthen the economy”.

“Instead, their greed and power games got to them and they tried to claim they had the numbers (to form a government).

“As a result, Malaysians have had to experience one whole week of chaos and uncertainty,” he told FMT.

He said leaders from PH, made up of DAP, PKR and Amanah, have realised they had made a mistake after PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin was backed by other political parties to be the next prime minister.

“Anwar Ibrahim and other top political leaders should also apologise to Muhyiddin for putting him in a difficult position.

“They had abandoned Mahathir and saw the position going to Muhyiddin,” he said, adding that they are now back to support Mahathir.

Tian Chua, the former Batu MP, further called on all MPs to allow Mahathir and Muhyiddin to iron out matters after this difficult episode and asked everyone to support the next prime minister chosen by the Yang-di-Pertuan Agong.

Tian Chua also complemented Mahathir on being consistent with his statements.

“He has set the condition that he would only take up the premership if everyone accepts his condition, that is to work with everyone, except Umno.

“Everyone has made a U-turn except Mahathir,” added Tian Chua.

Mahathir earlier today said he is prepared to lead a Pakatan Harapan coalition government again, following a meeting with its top leaders this morning.

The 94-year-old had said that he has the numbers to form a government.

This comes just as Muhyiddin looked set to become the next prime minister after support poured in for him yesterday.

Pakatan Harapan also confirmed this in a brief statement, saying it condemns efforts to form a “backdoor government” involving “traitors and kleptocrats”.

Since morning, Pakatan Harapan leaders were seen arriving at the palace to seek an audience with the King.

On Monday, Mahathir tendered his resignation after an intense Feb 21 meeting among PH leaders called for Mahathir to quit the top post.