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Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who has been leading the BN charge against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim over RM3bil of funds salted away in "master accounts", did a full U-turn on Thursday.
After repeatedly calling on Anwar to come clean if he had nothing to hide, Muhyiddin himself refused to show his own bank accounts as challenged by Anwar.
The 64-year old Opposition Leader had last week turned the tables on his foe by promising to disclose his banking details if Muhyiddin did the same.
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"Why should I disclose my accounts? I don't have that kind of money,” Muhyiddin told a press conference on Thursday.
Surveys galore but no action
At the press conference, Muhyiddin also refuted a claim by Anwar's PKR party that the opposition would be able to clinch 110 seats based on a survey conducted recently.
"Maybe they are conducting a psychological war, so that people will feel like they are supporting the winning side. They declare to the public that they can win, in order to garner support. They can have their survey, we can also have ours," said Muhyiddin.
According to one news portal, a BN survey found that Prime Minister Najib Razak had a good chance of winning 146 seats or just 2 short of the two-thirds parliamentary majority he is hankering for. Yet despite such a rosy prediction, Najib did not call for polls.
Instead, the latest survey conducted by the Merdeka Centre and released a few weeks ago showed Najib's approval rating plunging 4 percentage points from 69% to 65%. This is believed to be among factors that led to the BN decision to call off snap polls which Najib and his camp had hinted would be held in June or July.
The latest 'most likely' date for balloting according to the Umno-linked media is now November.