PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional will continue to support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister and any attempts to raise a no-confidence motion will see the coalition MPs throw their support to Muhyiddin en bloc.
Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said this was decided at the coalition’s supreme council meeting, which was attended by component members Umno, MCA, MIC and Sabah’s PBRS.
Ahmad Zahid also said Barisan would continue to support the Perikatan Nasional government that is led by Muhyiddin.
He pointed out that Barisan is the biggest group with 43 Parliament seats that had supported Muhyiddin’s appointment as Prime Minister and for him to form the Perikatan government.
“We have decided that should the motion of no-confidence be raised in Parliament, our stand is that all Barisan MPs will be voting en bloc, in support of Prime Minister Muhyiddin, ” he said when contacted.
Barisan held its meeting on Tuesday (May 12).
On May 8, a motion to hold a vote of no-confidence against Muhyiddin, filed by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and was accepted by the Dewan Rakyat.
Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said the motion would be brought forward but did not give a specific date.
The Speaker had rejected a motion filed by Sabah Chief Minister and Semporna MP Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal under Standing Order 27(3) which read that Dr Mahathir had the confidence of the House.
Mohamad Ariff also rejected a motion by Batu Sapi MP, Datuk Liew Vui Keong who filed it under Standing Order 18.
Among the lawmaker’s proposals is that Muhyiddin does not command the majority of the House and that it was Dr Mahathir who had the support of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat.
The Dewan Rakyat will sit for a day on May 18 but will be filled with government business, including the appointment of the Parliament select committee members, chairman and deputy chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and the tabling of two Supplementary Supply Bills.
On the proposed registration of Perikatan as a formal coalition, Ahmad Zahid said that Barisan and the component parties need to go through their respective internal processes first.
In an interview in conjunction with Umno’s 74 anniversary, Ahmad Zahid who is also Umno president, said that Umno is part of Perikatan with support being given through its lawmakers, even though it is not a component party in the alliance.
However, Ahmad Zahid said that Umno’s doors remain open to discuss its position in Perikatan.