Anwar slammed by allies for failure to block Budget 2021

Opposition leader said to have vowed to quit if he couldn't topple Malaysian govt in a week

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (front row, centre) at the party's annual general assembly yesterday. His Perikatan Nasional government's budget got past the second reading last week. PHOTO: BERNAMA
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (front row, centre) at the party's annual general assembly yesterday. His Perikatan Nasional government's budget got past the second reading last week. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Fiery words have been exchanged between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and its allies after a much-anticipated showdown with the Muhyiddin Yassin administration never materialisedlast week.

The flash point came when a leader from his largest partner Democratic Action Party (DAP) called for the Pakatan Harapan (PH) to be disbanded if Malaysia's opposition leader refuses to apologise for the embarrassing failure to force a bloc vote against Budget 2021 on Thursday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 29, 2020, with the headline 'Anwar slammed by allies for failure to block Budget 2021'. Subscribe