End the numbers game and call for elections, urges Nazri

Nazri Aziz says he now supports Muhyiddin, although in 2018 he had backed Anwar Ibrahim.

PETALING JAYA: Former minister Mohd Nazri Aziz has urged the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coaliton to call a snap general election once the coronavirus crisis is under control.

Nazri said the rakyat were uneasy with the present “ping pong game” of PN and the opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition both claiming to have the majority support among MPs.

This game has to stop, he said.

“One day it (the numbers) are in my court and the next day, it is in your (PH) court then it is in my (PN) court. Let’s stop this uncertainty and let’s have the general elections,” he told FMT.

Nazri also declared his support for prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is PPBM president.

Nazri Aziz, former Umno supreme council member

In 2018, after the general election that brought Pakatan Harapan to power, he had openly shown support for PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

He said PH may not have the numbers or they would have called for a press conference to show the statutory declarations of MPs supporting them.

Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP, said there should be a general election at parliamentary and state levels. There was also a lot of uncertainty at the state level, especially in Sabah after former chief minister Musa Aman was cleared of all corruption charges recently.

“He is probably stronger (now after the court case). He is the rightful chief minister in the first place,” he added. The present chief minister is Warisan president Shafie Apdal who is aligned to ex-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Nazri hoped that there would be an agreement among PPBM, Umno and PAS on seat distribution for the elections, as all three parties are Malay-based and may be eyeing the same seats.

“Let’s make sure PN has a good majority and then we can stop this ping pong game once and for all.”

The three Malay parties must champion the interests of the Malays as “it has been shown that if the Malay Muslim interest is not taken care off, as with PH, see what happened (to them),” he said, referring to the collapse of PH less than two years after forming a government.

Asked who he thought should lead the government, he said Muhyiddin is the most popular choice and had shown himself to be capable in his first 100 days in office. “Of course Muhyiddin.”

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