Zuraida still supports Dr M despite PAS, Umno’s reversals

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 25): Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin reiterated her support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to remain as the prime minister until the end of the 14th Parliament, the Malay Mail reported today.

In a text message to Malay Mail, the former housing and local government minister maintained her stand despite Umno and PAS’s decision to withdraw support for Mahathir.

“Insha Allah,” said Zuraida when asked.

Earlier, Umno and PAS said they would not join the so-called “unity government” that Mahathir was reportedly planning that would encompass all major political parties.

After previously pushing for a coalition government, the two said a fresh election was needed to resolve the country’s political uncertainty.

When asked the Malay Mail about this turn of events, the former PKR leader said they were entitled to their views.

“It’s okay, everyone has the right to express their opinion,” said Zuraida.

Along with Zuraida, Selangau MP Baru Bian who left PKR together with her and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s faction also affirmed support for Mahathir in a statement.

They were among the 11 MPs that left PKR after the rumoured coalition government did not materialise.

Mahathir tendered his resignation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong yesterday and his Cabinet was dissolved.

The Agong has made him interim prime minister heading up the caretaker government until a successor is named.

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