No plot to topple government: Malaysia DPM

He dismissed the allegations as unfounded, adding that he did not know of any such attempt and that no one had approached GPS on the matter.


April 26, 2023

KUCHING – Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has no intention of toppling the unity government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

He dismissed such allegations as unfounded, adding that he did not know of any such attempt and that no one had approached GPS on the matter.

“I will not comment on something that is not reliable,” he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house yesterday.

He was responding to a report by a news portal claiming that several Barisan Nasional MPs were involved in a plot to bring down the government.

Fadillah said GPS was only focused on Malaysia’s economic recovery and the people’s well-being instead of politicking.

He said GPS leaders, including Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg and himself, had repeatedly made it clear that their priority was political stability.

“What we want is a stable government, a strong government that will focus on putting Malaysia back on the right track in terms of economic recovery, the well-being of the people and the wealth of the country.

“Only then will Malaysia be back on track. If we keep on politicking, we’ll slip again far behind in the region,” he said.

On Monday, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had also dismissed the allegations, saying they were based on unfounded talk from unnamed sources.

The report had named Dr Wee and other Barisan MPs including Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias and Datuk Seri M. Saravanan as being involved in a plot to topple the government.

“As MCA president, I view this very seriously,” Dr Wee said.

“The media should use verified information. Show proof – how were we involved? We were not even aware of this attempt.

“So why were Jeck Seng and I (implicated) in the report?” said Dr Wee, adding that MCA’s priority was to save the economy and raise issues of public interest.

According to the report, several Barisan MPs are being wooed by individuals to participate in a “do-or-die” mission to quit their party and sacrifice their seats.

It was alleged that these MPs would then seek re-election under the Opposition banner.

Separately, Fadillah said the government was still waiting for Perikatan Nasional to submit a formal request for talks on allocations for their MPs.

He said so far he had only met Kota Baru MP Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan unofficially about it.

“I’ve informed them to make their offer in black and white.

“As long as we have not received an official letter, negotiations will not take place,” he said.

Takiyuddin is one of three parliamentarians named by Perikatan to negotiate with Fadillah on allocations for the Opposition.

The others are Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Putrajaya MP Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.

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