Muhyiddin offers bipartisan cooperation amid vague majority

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH

Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is offering unity cooperation until July 2022 in exchange for the Opposition support ahead of the motion of confidence vote against him.

In a pre-recorded broadcast today, Muhyiddin said should the bi-partisan support be accepted by all political parties, he will convene a special session of Dewan Rakyat for the tabling of the confidence motion soon.

“I have consulted my cabinet and party leaders under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) to make the best decision for the sake of the people and the country, and not for my personal interest or my colleagues.

“We have decided to discuss with the party leaders outside of PN to approve the confidence motion to Prime Minister at Dewan Rakyat in order to allow the existing government to continue to function and manage the pandemic until an appropriate time to conduct an election to restore the mandate of the people,” he said.

Muhyiddin said the July 2022 timeline signifies the government’s commitment to conduct a general election, depending on Malaysia’s recovery from the pandemic.

He added that the government that will exist after the confidence motion vote is passed will be a more stable and inclusive government with recognition of the opposition parties in playing the check and balance role more effectively.

“Political stability is very important in our fight against the pandemic and restoring our country. We have to understand that the country’s recovery process is not an easy journey.

“Thus, we need the support, efforts and focus from all parties to allow Malaysia to continue being developed and achieve healthy growth,” he said.

He also outlined several offers to opposition MPs to get bi-partisan support. Among them are the remuneration and services equivalent to Senior Minister offered to the Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, an equal annual allocation for all MPs regardless of the political party and the proposal to raise the Covid-19 fund ceiling from RM110 billion approved previously.

Muhyiddin said the government will also strengthen parliamentary reform by ensuring the number of government and Opposition MPs at the Parliamentary Select Committee to be more balanced.

“The number of Parliamentary Select Committees may also be increased to ensure all MPs can play the role of check and balance more effectively through their involvement.

“50% of the Select Committee will consist of government MPs and the other half by Opposition MPs,” he said.

He added the government has also agreed to implement Undi18 without waiting for the automatic registration and that the bills that will be presented at the Parliament, including the supply bill, will be deliberate in advance with all MPs.

A bill will only be tabled at the Parliament if it has gained the support of a majority, Muhyiddin said.

Muhyiddin said a round of discussion regarding the bi-partisan support will be conducted with all political leaders next week.