Zahid assures Muhyiddin of Barisan’s support

PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional will continue to support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister and any attempt at a no-confidence vote will see its MPs supporting him en bloc.

Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this was decided at the coalition’s supreme council meeting, which was attended by component members Umno, MCA, MIC and Sabah’s PBRS.

“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.

Barisan held its meeting yesterday. He noted that Barisan, which has the most seats with 43 MPs, had supported Muhyiddin’s appointment as Prime Minister and for him to form the Perikatan Nasional government.

On May 8, a motion to hold a vote of no confidence against Muhyiddin, filed by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, 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, which included proposals that Muhyiddin did not command the majority of the House and that Dr Mahathir had the support of the majority of the House.

The Dewan Rakyat will sit for a day on May 18 but will be filled with government business, including the appointment of 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 Barisan’s component parties needed to go through their respective internal processes first.

During an interview in conjunction with Umno’s 74th anniversary Ahmad Zahidi, who is also Umno president, said his party was part of Perikatan with support being given through its lawmakers, even though it was not a component party in the alliance.

However, Ahmad Zahid said Umno’s doors remained open to discuss its position in Perikatan.

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