Letter purportedly from Ku Li says he will not participate in Budget 2021 debate

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

PETALING JAYA: A letter, purportedly written by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, states that the Umno MP will not participate in the Budget 2021 debate unless the Dewan Rakyat allows a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiddin Yassin.

In the letter addressed to Dewan Rakyat speaker Datuk Seri Azhar Azizan Harun, the Gua Musang MP apparently said that participating in the budget debate without first establishing Prime Minister's legitimacy was a compromise on an important constitutional principle.

"As the legitimacy of the government has not been decided yet, I am bound by my conscience on the oath I have taken and therefore, cannot participate in the debate on the budget," read the letter dated Nov 19.

Also brought up was Razaleigh's Sept 25 letter to Azhar, where he had requested a guarantee that priority would be given to the tabling of a motion of no confidence in the current parliament sitting.

In his reply to Razaleigh, Azhar had said that a request should be made to the minister in charge of law to put the motion to the Dewan Rakyat.

In the latest letter, Razaleigh apparently said that the law minister had no role to determine whether a vote of no confidence could be tabled.

The letter read that the Dewan Rakyat is an autonomous and independent institution outside the control of the executive or any other authority.

"To participate in the Dewan Rakyat on the question of the budget without first establishing the prime minister's and his ministers' legitimacy is to compromise on an important constitutional principle which will have serious consequences on the upholding of our constitution, the rule of law and the possible use of political corruption to maintain power in conflict with the constitution.

"It is my considered view that 'political corruption' by its very nature can be described as the 'worm in the bud' that will destroy our constitutional system of democracy from within.

"The opinion in the public domain is that 'political corruption' and money is destroying the soul of our nation and our political system," the letter read.

Razaleigh was also granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Oct 13.

Attempts to obtain a comment from Razaleigh about the letter were unsuccessful.

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