KUALA LUMPUR — February 24, 2020: The DAP has blamed Umno for the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government after 21 months in power.
The party’s secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today claimed that Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had to resign as prime minister because he was against the idea of cooperating with Umno to form a new government.
“Tun rejects such a treacherous ploy that undermines the people’s mandate for PH and therefore, he resigned as PM and Bersatu chairman. He did it out of integrity and principle. He does not want to work with Umno.
“This is pure political opportunism. To those who indulge in such activities, shame on you. DAP condemns those involved in the move to enact a backdoor government. The new party to replace PH is called National Alliance.
“It is made-up of Umno, Pas, MCA, MIC, certain leaders in Pribumi Bersatu and those who were fired from PKR, led by Azmin Ali (PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali).
“DAP would like to propose to the PH presidential council, which will hold an emergency meeting tonight, for the re-nomination of Dr Mahathir as PM,” said Lim at a press conference.
Mahathir earlier today resigned as PM amidst intense speculation over a new government that inched closer to reality yesterday when Yang di-Pertuan Agong al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah met several party leaders at Istana Negara.
The Pakatan government collapsed today following the departure of Mahathir’s Pribumi Bersatu and the resignation of 11 PKR MPs from the party.
Pakatan and its partners Warisan and Upko is now left with 102 MPs, short of 10 MPs to form a simple majority.
Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the exit of the party from Pakatan, thus depriving the ruling coalition of its 26 MPs.