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Bersih on the same page with BN and Pas

Bersih 2.0 chairman Thomas Fann

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — February 26, 2020: The Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) has confirmed that it is on the same page with Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pas in rejecting interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s supposed deal for a unity government.

Not only that, its chairman, Thomas Fann also maintained Bersih’s call for a fresh poll which was also echoed by BN and Pas leaders yesterday after they were informed of Dr Mahathir’s plan for a government with no opposition bloc.

Despite the similarity, Fann insisted that Bersih’s reason was different from those of BN and Pas, because it considers the formation of such a unity government as undemocratic and will not allow for an effective check-and-balance.

“PAS and BN are against being part of a unity government because they do not want to be in the same government with DAP. Our reason is different,” was Fann’s remark to The Mole today.

Bersih had yesterday implored the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to dissolve the parliament and call for fresh elections if he was unable to determine who commands the majority.

Malaysia was plunged into political uncertainty on Monday following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government after Dr Mahathir resigned his prime minister post.

He however, was, on the same day, appointed by Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin as the interim prime minister. The Agong has also interviewed all 222 members of parliament in order to determine who now commands the majority.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.