Muhyiddin pledges to prove majority next month

by AFIQ AZIZ AND SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by BERNAMA

PRIME Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) says he still has the majority support of the Member of Parliaments (MPs) despite several Umno lawmakers pulling out their support of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.

In his special address today, Muhyiddin said he will prove the support in a form of confidence motion at the lower house in September to test the legitimacy of his premiership.

The motion, he said, was proposed and consented to by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah this morning.

According to Muhyiddin, he was summoned to the palace at 11am today after Sultan Abdullah, in a letter to him yesterday, stated that eight Umno MPs had pulled their support from Muhyiddin.

In the letter, Muhyiddin said His Majesty has cited two provisions in the Federal Constitution.

First was Article 43 (2) (a) which states that the Agong shall first appoint a Prime Minister to preside over the Cabinet, a member of the Dewan Rakyat who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House.

Sultan Abdullah also mentioned Article 43 (4) in which if the Prime Minister ceases to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Dewan Rakyat, then, unless at his request the Yang diPertuan Agong dissolves Parliament, the PM shall tender the resignation of the Cabinet.

“I have informed His Majesty that I have received several declaration letters from the members of the Dewan Rakyat – which convinced me that I still have the confidence of the majority of the house at this moment.

“As such, my resignation under Article 43 (4) The Federal Constitution is non -consequential,” said the Pagoh MP.

Muhyiddin also acknowledged that his premiership has been questioned repeatedly and that he had promised the King that he will prove his legitimacy in the parliament next month.

“A motion of confidence will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat in September. Through this, my position as PM and PN as the ruling government can be determined according to the constitution and the rule of law.

“The King has agreed with the proposal,” said the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president.

Yesterday, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that several Umno MPs have agreed to leave the ruling bloc, claiming Muhyiddin has lost his support to remain as the PM.

About 10 MPs were seen standing behind Ahmad Zahid at the press conference, including former PM Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak, deputy speaker of parliament Datuk Seri Azalina Said Othman, UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan and UMNO veteran Tengku Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah.