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Dr Mahathir: Anwar must prove he has the numbers to form government

LANGKAWI (Sept 26): PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has to prove his claim of having garnered "formidable and convincing" support from members of Parliament (MPs) to form a new government as such an announcement can impact investments, businesses, and the country's stability, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pictured) said.

"There will be uncertainty among investors when there is one government today and another tomorrow. I hope if Anwar has it (majority support), then he must show proof, and then we can decide the matter.

"Show proof and we are willing to take the matter to the Dewan Rakyat and state who supports whom," the former prime minister and Langkawi MP told reporters after attending a programme with Langkawi tourism and hotel operators here yesterday.

Dr Mahathir said the Port Dickson MP had also made the same claim before but failed to prove it.

"It was the same when I resigned as prime minister. When the Yang di-Pertuan Agong asked for his stand, he (Anwar) claimed he had majority support, which led to Pakatan Harapan submitting his name [as prime minister candidate] but in the end, it was not enough because there never was a majority to begin with," Dr Mahathir said.

When asked if Parti Pejuang Tanah Air, which the former prime minister formed, would support Anwar if he could prove the numbers, Dr Mahathir said: "Anwar rejected Pejuang [during his recent announcement]. He said with the exception of Dr Mahathir, he has the majority [support].

"So, he has rejected me outright. How am I [supposed] to support him when he has rejected me right from the start?" Dr Mahathir said.

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