Amanah Bukit Bintang Youth Chief Sheikh Khuzaifah Bawazeer has spilled the tea on Twitter regarding what happened yesterday within PH, saying the many cover ups had made fools out of party members and voters.
He listed out 6 facts, verified by a Youth member of another PH component party, which contradicts the statement made by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after the Budget 2021 vote which proved disastrous for the Opposition.
Anwar had said that the Opposition did not want to oppose the budget because there were some parts of it that they agreed with and would instead spend the next two weeks fighting it at the Committee level.
“Fact 1: This was never about the budget. We were promised that after the attempt to present the SDs (Statutory Declarations) had failed, the PN government would be toppled through the budget vote,” wrote Sheikh Khuzaifah.
His next fact was that this was because if PH Plus took over, they would table their own budget.
So the question of accepting some, rejecting aid for the rakyat, and others did not arise at all. THE NEW GOVERNMENT WOULD TABLE A NEW BUDGET. — Amanah Bukit Bintang Youth Chief Sheikh Khuzaifah Bawazeer
Next, Sheij Khuzaifah said that in a meeting on November 24th, it was unanimously agreed that they would reject the budget as a show of no confidence against the PN government.
PH was promised that the numbers in the letters given to the YDPA (Yang diPertuan Agong) were still valid. Still strong, formidable and convincing. — Amanah Bukit Bintang Youth Chief Sheikh Khuzaifah Bawazeer
Fact 4 was that Anwar told the MPs not to support a bloc vote after Datuk Mahfuz Omar (Pokok Sena-Amanah) had called for it.
“Kota Raja (Mohamad Sabu) and Pulai (Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub) had already stood up but were forced to sit back down. Other AMANAH MPs could not be stopped from standing.
“Kota Raja and Pulai threw a fit in the PH meeting afterwards. The Opposition Leader had again thrown his friends under the bus. The same as when he decided to negotiate with the group of pirates,” he wrote, possibly referring to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s camp.
He (Anwar) can only say, “Don’t worry. I have the SDs. (Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) is finished.” — Amanah Bukit Bintang Youth Chief Sheikh Khuzaifah Bawazeer
Furthermore, Sheikh Khuzaifah claims that after Anwar could not give a satisfactory explanation, he agreed that if the PN government could not be toppled within 7 days, he would resign as PH chairman and Opposition leader.
Finally, Sheikh Khuzaifah said that after they had agreed to wait 7 days, the discussion turned to how to explain this to party members and the narrative that was agreed upon was to only reject part of the budget, fight at the committee level, and not reject policies for the rakyat.
Source : Malaysia Today
Anwar gave last-minute memo to PH MPs after Najib backed out of budget threat
A last-minute instruction by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to his Pakatan Harapan (PH) comrades saw MPs from PKR and DAP sitting out a call for a bloc vote on the 2021 budget, which was easily passed by voice vote.
A PKR insider told MalaysiaNow that the task of spreading the message was given to the party’s chief whip Johari Abdul, the Sungai Petani MP.
“The message made the rounds in the House by word of mouth. Unfortunately, not everyone received it in time,” the source said.
It is learnt that Anwar’s instruction to the MPs was due to former prime minister Najib Razak backing out of his threat to scuttle the budget.
Anwar however later told reporters that the decision to avoid a bloc vote was not due to a lack of numbers on his side.
He also accused the Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Harun of being “blatantly biased”, saying MPs were not given the opportunity to air their views during Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz’s winding-up speech.
During the budget debate which took place over the past two weeks, Najib had echoed Anwar in saying that his vote would be contingent on several amendments to the budget.
“The message made the rounds in the House by word of mouth. Unfortunately, not everyone received it in time.”
There was also speculation that Najib and at least four MPs from Umno would break ranks with their colleagues to vote against the budget.
After Zafrul’s speech today, Azhar urged MPs who wanted a bloc vote to stand up.
Only 13 did so, two MPs short of the minimum 15 needed for a bloc vote to take place.
A bloc vote would have required each MP to individually vote before the budget could be passed.
A check revealed that most Amanah’s MPs stood to call for a bloc vote, but not its top two leaders – president Mohamad Sabu and deputy president Salahuddin Ayub.
The Amanah MPs who stood up were joined by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and three others from his bloc.
Abu Bakar Mohd Rashid, a close confidante of Mohamad, claimed that the Amanah president had been about to stand up when he was stopped by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
“Lim pulled his hand, and he sat down. When Salahuddin saw this, he too decided not to stand up,” Abu Bakar told MalaysiaNow in remarks which he also shared on his Facebook.
Anger within PH
Meanwhile, PH supporters, angered over opposition bigwigs’ refusal to call for a bloc vote, took to social media to question the decision.
“An explanation is in order. We owe the people this,” Syahredzan Johan, a close aide of DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang, said on his Twitter account.
“I know what happened but I don’t why it happened. Sorry, friends,” he added.
“Dont waste your time explaining cos I’m not going to waste mine reading,” said an opposition supporter in response. “The opposition can’t even get 15 fellas to stand. What more can the rakyat hope for?”
An aide to a former deputy minister meanwhile posted a sarcastic tweet, believed to be targeting Anwar’s supporters who claim that the PKR leader has enough support to topple the government.
“So much for being formidable lah,” said Izmil Amri.
The vote on the budget today had been keenly awaited as any failure to pass the bill at the policy stage could mean the collapse of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government and pandemic-season polls which health authorities have warned against.
Source : Malaysia Now