Back in opposition, Mat Sabu says he can speak freely again

Mohamad Sabu says he can now return to his ‘signature style’ of addressing people.

KLANG: Mohamad Sabu, whose oratory skills were widely credited for winning over voters in the Malay heartland in the general election, says he can speak his mind as he is in the opposition once again.

The Amanah president and former defence minister, better known as Mat Sabu, said there was no longer any protocol to adhere to unlike when he was in government.

At a ceramah here last night, Mohamad said it has been a while since he was able to address a crowd in his signature style, adding that many people had lamented that they did not enjoy his speeches during his tenure as minister.

“When you are a minister, you have to make sure you have the facts. Now we can start to attack,” he said.

Also present were DAP organising secretary Loke Siew Fook, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Amanah vice-president Mahfuz Omar.

The Pakatan Harapan government collapsed last month following the decision by one of its components, PPBM, to quit the coalition.

PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin has since formed a new coalition, Perikatan Nasional, with Barisan Nasional, PAS and former PKR MPs aligned to sacked deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali. Yesterday, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) also said it had agreed to accept Muhyiddin’s invitation to be part of the new federal Cabinet.

Mohamad said PH was prepared for Parliament to be dissolved to challenge the new ruling coalition.

“If they feel they are strong and confident, then dissolve Parliament. If we lose, we are prepared to be the opposition,” he said.

The Kota Raja MP wondered why BN could not wait for the next general election to wrest Putrajaya back from PH, seeing that it had won the last few by-elections.

“Why couldn’t you wait? We waited for 60 years, why couldn’t you wait for five?” he said.