THE POLITICAL COUP CHRONOLOGY THROUGH VOICE RECORDINGS

THE political landscape continues to shift no thanks to a mega clash between protagonists behind both sides of the divide.

This week the curiosity of netizens were further peaked by the leaking of several voice recordings from key meetings that took place prior to and during the infamous Sheraton Move that cemented the political coup which brought down the Pakatan Harapan government and installed the current Perikatan Nasional coalition under Muhyiddin Yassin.

Though released not in sequence, we share the February 21 PH presidential council meeting, from which conflicting reports suggested “extreme pressure” from DAP, AMANAH and KEADILAN sections calling for then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to set a date for the transition of power to KEADILAN president Anwar Ibrahim, as per the coalition’s pre-elections agreement.

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Evidently, that does not seem the case, with the section led by former KEADILAN deputy president Azmin Ali, including his long-time ally Zuraida Kamaruddin, apparently trying to overturn the agreement by raising non-factual provisions under the federal constitution, which were inadvertently corrected by others.

Reports as per Dr Mahathir’s announcement and quotes from Anwar from the post-meeting press conference seemed to tally with what they had stated in the meeting.

Following is that recording (note: more than 2 hours long) for your own evaluation:

Then came the Bersatu supreme council meeting on February 23, in which it appears no conclusive decision was reached pertaining to the party’s exit from Pakatan Harapan, although a voice resembling Muhyiddin appears to confirm the intent among those present. The decision was said to be up to Dr Mahathir as chairman.

Do note that Bersatu grassroots leaders, including its youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman himself had subsequently rejected the move and stood with PH, stating that the decision made by the supreme council was unconstitutional as it did not acquire a consensus through an extraordinary general meeting (EGM).

And then came the Bersatu supreme council meeting that preceded Dr Mahathir’s resignation, in which he explains he would be keeping his promise to step down and would leave it to those who did not agree with the transition to Anwar to take up the matter.

This tallies with Dr Mahathir’s subsequent statements of his disagreement for Bersatu to leave PH, but clarifies the reluctant stance in regards to the transition of power to Anwar.

A day later, Muhyiddin announced Bersatu’s departure from PH, while Azmin, Zuraida and initially 9 other KEADILAN members of parliament followed suit as the infamous Sheraton Move drew the world’s attention to the Sheraton Hotel in Petaling Jaya where the pieces of the jigsaw were being put together, resulting in an alliance that included Umno-led Barisan Nasional, PAS and Sarawak’s GPS.