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BN not backing PH or PN, agrees to be Opposition, says Ismail Sabri

Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge

Photo by Shahrin Yahya/The Edge

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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 22): Barisan Nasional (BN) Supreme Council on Tuesday (Nov 22) decided not to support any coalition to form the Government, said caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In a post on Facebook, the Umno vice president announced that so far, BN agreed to be in the Opposition.

“Alhamdulillah, BN Supreme Council has made the decision not to back any coalition to form the government. BN is not supporting Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Perikatan Nasional (PN),” he said.

Ismail Sabri was among the leaders present in the BN Supreme Council meeting chaired by BN chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at Menara Dato Onn here on Tuesday.

Also present were BN deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, BN vice-chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran as well as BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.

Sabah BN chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said no statutory declarations were signed by BN MPs at the meeting on Tuesday.

Apart from that, he said the meeting also did not proposed any name for the post of prime minister.

"We [are] in solidarity on waiting for the decision of the top leadership to determine our direction,” he said when met after the BN Supreme Council meeting.

Also confirming that no sworn statements were signed by BN MPs on Tuesday were Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, who is the MP for Jelebu.

The 15th general election (GE15) on Nov 19 ended in a hung Parliament, where no party or coalition of parties obtained a simple majority of 112 seats to form the Federal Government.

The results of GE15 saw PH winning 82 parliamentary seats, followed by PN (73), BN (30), Gabungan Parti Sarawak (23), Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (six), Warisan (three), Independent (two), Parti Bangsa Malaysia (one), and Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (one).

Meanwhile, Vigneswaran, who is also MIC president, said the decision on BN to be in the Opposition for the time being was achieved unanimously in the meeting.

“So becoming the Opposition is only for the time being,” he told reporters before leaving Menara Dato’ Onn.

Get our comprehensive GE15 coverage here.