By ASILA JALIL / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
PARTIES are calling for an immediate resignation of Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Cabinet members following last week’s fiasco over the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances (EO) which was without the King’s consent.
Parti Warisan Sabah, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) and Parti Sarawak Bersatu said the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government had failed in handling the virus and administrating the country which were both reflected during the special Parliament sitting.
They also acknowledged the disappointment expressed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah towards Law Minister Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun who had not followed the King’s orders to present the EO in Parliament to be debated.
“The PN government clearly disobeyed His Majesty’s command and we feel they had deliberately obstructed democracy and the check-and-balance that should be upheld and translated through the country’s Parliamentary institution.
“Therefore, with reference to Article 43 (3) of the Federal Constitution, we urge the PM and all of the Cabinet members under his leadership to immediately resign,” they said.
In a separate statement, Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) said the move by Takiyuddin and Idris had breached Article 36(7) of the Dewan Rakyat Standing Order which prohibits any party from abusing the use of the name of the King, the Malay Rulers, or the head of states for the purpose of influencing the Legislative Council.
They reiterated that Muhyiddin and his Cabinet ministers should step down for breaching the principles of democracy in Parliament as well as contempt for the Agong’s orders.
“This could end the prolonged political turmoil and we can focus all of our attention to the efforts in managing the health crisis as well as economic and social problems that are plaguing the nation since the last seven months,” they said.
The special Parliament sitting which was supposed to resume today has been postponed indefinitely after 11 Covid-19 cases were detected in the Dewan Rakyat on Friday.