SELANGOR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has claimed that opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan has won 112 seats - enough to form the government.
The results leave Barisan Nasional "far behind", he said.
"We will need 112 seats and we would win. It would seem we have practically achieved that figure," he said at a press conference held in Selangor on Wednesday night (May 9).
He claimed that the opposition has captured six key states: Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Kedah.
"So practically the whole peninsula is already won by Pakatan Harapan," Mahathir said.
Mahathir also claimed that the election commission is delaying official announcements about the results.
"The likelihood is that (BN) would not be forming the government. We believe certain meetings are being held. And we worry what’s the intention of these meetings," he claimed.
"In many of the constituencies the counting has actually finished, but the officer concerned refused to sign Form 14. Because of that, the official announcement cannot be made," he said. "It is likely there's some hanky-panky being done in order to frustrate the wishes of the people."
"By now we should know who is winning and who is losing. But there is a deliberate attempt to delay by not signing," Mahathir added.
Shortly after Mahathir spoke, the Election Commission announced that he had won the seat of Langkawi in Kedah with 44.4 per cent of the votes.
His opponents - Barisan Nasional's Nawawi Ahmad and PAS' Zubir Ahmad - took 23.6 per cent and 12.9 per cent of the votes respectively.
Professor James Chin, the inaugural director of the Asia Institute Tasmania, said he believes that Mahathir's coalition may have formed a simple majority.
"What has happened here is that a lot of people underestimated the voters," Prof Chin said.
"My take on the situation is that basically voters found the UMNO brand and the Barisan brand too toxic ... I would suspect that a lot of simple villagers in the rural area, they may not understand the full thing about 1MDB, but they do understand some kind of monkey business is happening and because of that they think that UMNO really as a political party can't be saved," he added.
“WE HAVE ACHIEVED A VERY SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY”
Speaking in a press conference at 3am on Thursday, Mahathir said the opposition had achieved “a very substantial majority”.
“They were very slow in announcing the result, otherwise things have gone fairly smoothly with some difficulties,” he said. “And now the palace has contacted us, because they heard that we have achieved a majority.”
He added that PKR’s president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the opposition’s “designated deputy prime minister”, but stressed that “at this moment, we don’t have a prime minister just yet”.
Mahathir also said that the chief secretary would announce “that there will be a holiday tomorrow, and (the) day after and also Saturday and Sunday”, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Additional reporting by Sumisha Naidu.