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KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chief whip Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has asked Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is backing him to attain a simple majority in Parliament.

This came after Anwar claimed that he had enough MPs aligned with him to form a government and is now seeking an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“Who are the people agreeing to form the federal government with him?” Fadillah asked, on Wednesday (Sept 23).

In a press conference earlier, Anwar said his government would represent all people, with Malay-Bumiputera majority and fair representation of all races.

“The support I have is conclusive. I’m not talking about four, five or six. I’m talking about much more than that,” he said, adding that he had a “strong majority”, close to two-thirds.

On rumours of GPS defecting from the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal administration, Fadillah, the Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster), said this was untrue.

“No-lah,” he replied when asked to respond on a report published by a national online paper.

Sources quoted by the paper claiming disenchantment from the GPS camp said that the main issues stemmed from the recent Petronas deal as well as the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

The sources also pointed out at the insistence of Bersatu and PAS to contest seats in the state as worsening the friction between GPS and PN.

“The two problems have yet to be resolved,” said the sources who requested anonymity, referring to Petronas and MA63.

“More and more Sarawak GPS leaders have openly talked about leaving the federal government if the demands are made.”

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