Emergency declaration politically beneficial to govt, says Nazri

The declaration of the emergency rule will benefit Muhyiddin’s position as PM because all elections are suspended

by AZREEN HANI / pic by ARIF KARTONO

THE proclamation of emergency by Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is an admission that he has lost the majority in Parliament, said Umno leader Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (picture).

Mohamed Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP, announced his withdrawal of support from Muhyiddin’s Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition at a press conference yesterday, a move that has reduced Muhyiddin’s support in Parliament.

“For me, this is an admission of defeat by Muhyiddin that he has lost the majority,” Mohamed Nazri told reporters.

Mohamed Nazri, a former member of the Umno Supreme Council, said the declaration of the emergency rule will benefit Muhyiddin’s position as PM because all elections are suspended.

“Because when we look at it, if he has no majority, he has to resort to an election, but how to have an election if Covid-19 is still here?” Mohamed Nazri said.

“I can wait six months, no problem (for election). You can run and run but you cannot run all the time. I will wait for you.”

Mohamed Nazri said with his withdrawal, the PN government will only have 109 out of 220 MPs in Parliament and no longer has the mandate to govern.

Mohamed Nazri is the second Umno leader to withdraw support for PN, after Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub. Umno is part of the PN coalition.

Ahmad Jazlan announced his withdrawal at the Umno Kelantan headquarters in Kota Baru on Sunday.

On Jan 4, Ahmad Jazlan had also tendered his resignation as the Malaysian Palm Oil Board chairman as a sign of protest against the PN government.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Nazri hinted that there will be three to four Umno MPs who will follow suit within days.

According to him, Umno had already decided to pull out from the ruling coalition, with the AGM slated for Jan 31, which is  only meant to formalise it.

Still, the fourth-term parliamentarian noted that there were few party leaders who were reluctant to do so.

“This is the problem. Some ministers are not following the party. I understand, I used to be a minister too. The perks are great,” he said.

The Malaysian Reserve previously reported that Umno is pushing for the 15th General Election to be held in the first quarter of the year.

Last week, the Malay-based party also said the motion to sever ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will be brought in the party’s AGM.

It added that a majority of Umno grassroots have put forward motions for the party to maintain its cooperation with PAS.


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Muhyiddin admits defeat by declaring emergency: Nazri