KUALA LUMPUR: The Perikatan Nasional government is not a "backdoor government" as it received the blessings from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, said an Umno lawmaker.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (Umno-Pontian) said the King had wisely ended the political turmoil when he appointed a new prime minister as required under the Federal Constitution after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad handed in his resignation.
"This is a kerajaan pintu istana (a government via the palace door) and not kerajaan pintu belakang (a backdoor government)," he said while debating the Royal Address in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (July 14).
Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (Umno-Kinabatangan) then stood up to interject, saying that there was a lot of negative perception that the Perikatan government was a "backdoor government" and the issue should be clarified.
"What is clear to me is that the Pakatan Harapan government had burned their own ship and themselves.
"When the ship was about to drown, their own captain ran away.
"We are forced to take over after it sank and we will build a new home with a new strategy," said the outspoken lawmaker.
Ahmad also noted that Perikatan managed to garner a simple majority of 111 votes to vacate the Speaker's post on Monday (July 13), indicating that it has the numbers to form a government.
"One of our members is currently being treated in hospital while the other was chairing the proceedings," he said.
The motion was put up by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who said the Speaker had to vacate his position as he had nominated a candidate for the post.
The motion to remove Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff was passed with a simple majority of 111 votes against 109 votes.
Ahmad also said that any accusations describing the Perikatan government as a backdoor government should be seen as an insult to the King's decision.
"If anybody tries to say that we are a backdoor government, it should be considered as an unparliamentary term," said the Umno lawmaker.
In his Royal Address on May 18, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah said he had tried to convince Dr Mahathir to not resign as prime minister during the period of political instability earlier this year.
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