PM hopeful Anwar makes ‘clear’ case to the King

PM hopeful Anwar makes ‘clear’ case to the King

Anwar Ibrahim has made it “abundantly clear” to the Malaysian King that he has majority support to become prime minister, but the country faces political uncertainty as the head of state weighs competing claims for the government’s top job.

The leader of the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) did not offer the King a list of names of MPs who supported him, according to a statement from the Palace, but said he had the numbers, inviting fresh questions about the validity of his claims.

Anwar met with the monarch for about 30 minutes on Tuesday and afterwards said he had presented documents that made it “abundantly clear we have registered a formidable, convincing majority among parliamentarians”.

The political showdown comes as Malaysia battles a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections and four states re-enter a partial lockdown to control the outbreak.