Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Datuk Seri Anwar, also known as Anwar Ibrahim, has been appointed as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister by the King, following the conclusion of the Conference of Rulers, in a statement of the Palace on November 24, Thursday.
The conference was led by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah on Thursday morning, 11am, and has reached to a decision after the views of all Rulers attending the meeting have been considered.
Comptroller of the Royal family Datuk Seri Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said that Anwar, 75, is subsequently going to be sworn in at 5pm.
Once the fifteenth election (GE15) resulted in a hung Parliament where no coalition has successfully formed a simple majority of 112 parliamentary seats, the five-day political impasse was finally put to an end by the announcement.
Political parties ought to work along once more for the long run of the beloved country, because the “winners didn’t win everything, and the losers didn’t lose everything,” said Al-Sultan Abdullah.
The incoming PM and new Government were reminded by the monarch to be humble, and stated folks mustn’t be burdened by the continued political turmoil once the country needs a stable Government to stimulate the economic landscape and the nation’s development.
“We should remind the elected Dewan Rakyat to show solidarity and provide higher priority, commitment and the best standard of service to the people.”
In the nineties, before being sacked from his position after the Asian financial crisis, Anwar was uplifted to the top echelons of the government as the deputy prime minister to barrel Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
A “Reformasi” movement was led by the politician afterwards and have become the Opposition’s leader. He was twice charged with sexual perversion in 1998 and 2008. For the second time, he was condemned in 2015, and was handed a five-year jail sentence.
Once the pH coalition, beneath Mahathir’s leadership, managed to bring down Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration amid disceptation over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, in 2018, Anwar was pardoned after a historic change of presidency.
Eighty-two seats within the Dewan Rakyat were secured by PH and its allies in the GE15 on Saturday, enough to be the biggest political alliance in Parliament, however not enough to make subsequent Government, which needs a straightforward majority of 112 seats.
Perikatan Nasional (PN) was the second bigggest winner who won seventy-three seats. However, at the start, the coalition was reluctant to work with PH, and dismissed the Palace’s proposal for the formation of a unity Government.
It declared that it’d think about taking part during a unity Government in a U-turn on Thursday.
Following the GE15’s second runner up — Barisan Nasional — indicated its refusal to make a Government led by PN, the palace’s decision on Thursday came and an armistice between Sarawak’s dominant coalition Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and DAP, a component party of PH.
During a Government headed by PN, GPS tried to cooperate. However, the Sarawak coalition has changed its mind after, and left it to the King to come to a decision on the subsequent PM, whereas territory’s dominant coalition Gabungan Rakyat Sabah took the same stance.