All eyes on Muhyiddin’s next move today

The PM is expected to make an announcement later today, says Bersatu Supreme Council member

by AZREEN HANI & SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by BERNAMA

ALL eyes will be on the Palace today as Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) is widely speculated to tender his resignation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

According to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, Muhyiddin is expected to make an announcement later today.

“InsyaAllah there will be an announcement (by Muhyiddin) …just wait for tomorrow (today),” he said after attending a party meeting chaired by Muhyiddin.

“The PM has studied every avenue solely for the benefit of the people in our current crisis today. But we abide by the Constitution,” Mohd Redzuan said.

The Alor Gajah MP added that it is up to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to ensure that the country continues to be led by a leadership that prioritises the people’s plight.

Among those who were seen arriving for the meeting yesterday were Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu and Supreme Council members Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar, Datuk Mansor Othman and Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

Muhyiddin had made what was perceived as a last attempt to consolidate support for his leadership by offering to work together with the Opposition until July 2022.

Among other offers include the remuneration and services equivalent to senior minister offered to 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 the RM110 billion approved previously.

In his address, Muhyiddin had acknowledged the withdrawal of some of his Cabinet members, which in turn raised the question of his legitimacy to govern.

However, the Pagoh MP’s offer was rejected outright not only by Pakatan Harapan (PH) and other Opposition members, but also Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

PH Presidential Council highlighted that by his admission, Muhyiddin has lost the majority, which could lead to the PM’s resignation as per Article 43 (4) of the Federal Constitution.

Parti Pejuang Tanah Air president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the PM has no right to make such an offer, especially now that he has lost his majority.

Ahmad Zahid, meanwhile, said Muhyiddin should allow the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to exercise his duties in appointing the next PM.

“As an MP who abides by the oath to nurture, protect and defend the Federal Constitution, the Pagoh MP should not seize power from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in deciding matters on the appointment of a PM,” he added.

Two DAP lawmakers, Ong Kian Ming and Tony Pua, had asked for the offer to be considered, but it was flatly rejected by PH supporters and leaders.

Over the weekend, two police reports were lodged by Parti Amanah Negara and Pejuang women youth division, Pejuanita Muda, accusing Muhyiddin’s bipartisan offer as bribery.

“Tan Sri Mahiaddin should respect Article 43 (4) of the Federal Constitution and resign as PM. Under Section 28, MACC Act 2009, attempting to offer bribes is also an offense and the punishment is the same as the offense committed,” Pejuanita Muda leader Dr Nurul Ashikin Mabahwi said.