However, Ahmad Nazlan Idris does not reveal how many other Umno MPs have pledged their support for Anwar.
Umno’s Jerantut MP Ahmad Nazlan Idris has reportedly admitted to signing a statutory declaration backing Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim as the next prime minister.
Mingguan Malaysia, the weekend edition of Utusan Malaysia, quoted Nazlan as saying that he was prepared to try a new government as the previous Pakatan Harapan government under Dr Mahathir Mohamad had failed and the current Perikatan Nasional government under Muhyiddin Yassin has not been successful in helping the people.
“So when the idea was raised to propose Anwar as the prime minister, I agreed.
“We have tried 22 months under Harapan and more than 10 months under PN, we can try a new government,” he was quoted as saying.
However, Nazlan did not reveal how many other Umno MPs have pledged their support for Anwar.
“I was asked to consider and make a choice. To me, there’s nothing with that as the government today has yet to succeed. So it’s best to give the chance to another government,” he said.
The report said Nazlan had previously backed former Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein but later supported Anwar.
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is speculated to be organising an effort to take Umno out of the PN government, which would lead to its collapse.
A group of Umno MPs, including Hishammuddin and Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri, have been working to block such efforts.
This is setting the table for a showdown in Umno that could also determine the fate of the PN government.