PH tells AG to resign for disobeying King’s call

by ASILA JALIL

Pakatan Harapan presidential council urged Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Idrus Harun to step down for disobeying the King’s call for the new Prime Minister to prove his majority support by having a confidence vote in the upcoming Parliament session. 

In the statement signed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Mohamad Sabu and Lim Guan Eng, they said Idrus’s statement had also betrayed the Federal COnstitution and the parliamentary democratic system. 

“The Presidential council is of the view that the statement made by AG on behalf of the government was very rude, breached the Federal Constitution and it also disobeyed the King’s decree. 

“This is the second time he disobeyed the King and it is very disappointing. He does not deserve to helm the AG position,” they said today. 

Idris had previously said there is no need for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to push for a confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat which will be held on Sept 13, 2021. 

He said the PM’s appointment by the King last month had shown that Ismail Sabri commands majority support as the King had asked 220 members of Parliament to state their support for a new PM via statutory declarations. 

The council added party leaders had also agreed to have the confidence vote, in line with the King’s decree. 

“It is important to note that the AG was present and heard the King’s command on the matter when we had an audience with the King. 

“Where is the logic and sanity of the AG when he said His Majesty’s power to appoint the PM can be denied with a tabling of motion of confidence in parliament when the motion itself was initially ordered by His Majesty himself,” they said.

They added there needs to be a tabling of the confidence vote and it must be approved in the upcoming Parliament session to prove that the ninth PM commands majority support. 

“The PM should not listen to the wrong advice given by the AG if he does not want to repeat the footsteps of the eighth PM who caused political instability when his position was often scrutinized,” they said.