In the light of political confusion and displeasure following GE15 which resulted in a hung parliament, Malaysians decided to take matters into their own hands and fight back via an online petition which depicts their desire for Anwar Ibrahim, under Pakatan Harapan, to be elected as the 10th Prime Minister.
In the preamble of the petition which was launched yesterday on Change.org by Mimi Wong, she stated that Malaysians sought for a “clean, fair, and efficient government who do not play the racial or religious card.”
At the time of writing, the petition has been up for 15 hours, and has gained over 130,000 signatures. Malaysians also noted their justifications for signing it in the comments section, mostly quoting that they did not want a “racist government” and intended to reclaim their rights as voters, to “let the numbers speak”.
Initially, despite the fact that Pakatan Harapan had garnered a majority of votes during the election, Anwar was denied the position as the next Prime Minister as his party had failed to defend the mandatory minimum of 111 seats.
Nevertheless, Anwar has reaffirmed that he has the majority to establish the next government following the completion of GE15.
PH now holds 82 seats in total, together with MUDA. PN (73), Barisan Nasional (30), GPS (22), Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (6), Warisan (3), Parti Bangsa Malaysia (1), and two independents are also listed in order of precedence.
Abang Johari Openg, the chairman of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), declared yesterday that the party will form the government alongside PN, BN, and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS). BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi swiftly refuted this, stating that there were no plans for such a move.
According to other reports, PH and BN met at Seri Pacific Hotel today at 10 a.m. before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s deadline of 2 p.m., for potential prime minister candidates to demonstrate that they have a majority.
However, no other information was provided regarding the purpose of the meeting; and as Malaysians anxiously await updates, the numbers on the petition only continue to soar.