Anwar set to continue as opposition chief despite missing deadline to topple MuhyiddinDec 03, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Not only is there a lack of an alternative within the opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition, but former Sabah chief minister Shafie Apdal - the top contender to replace him as opposition leader and de facto prime minister candidate - hurt his prospects by ordering his Parti Warisan Sabah to abstain from voting in the ongoing Budget 2021 debate.
In a surprise move, Mr Anwar told opposition MPs not to call for a division in Parliament last week, allowing the Perikatan Nasional government to pass the budget on its second reading by a simple voice vote.
Confronted by the 90 other PH legislators over the budget debacle, the opposition leader, who is Port Dickson MP, asked for seven days to prove that he could muster a parliamentary majority, failing which he said he would resign the leadership of the coalition and the opposition bloc in Parliament, PH lawmakers told The Straits Times.
Warisan party whip Rozman Isli was quoted by the Malaysiakini news portal as saying that the abstention was to "Make sure everybody in the opposition starts to realise that there is a need of a strong leadership in the opposition bloc" and suggested "New leadership" from younger personalities, without stating specific names.