Anwar demands that Muhyiddin step down as PM

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says that the country has been thrown into a constitutional crisis and demands that the Prime Minister resign following the royal rebuke over the government’s handling of the revocation of the Emergency ordinances.

“We have a government that insults the King and an Executive that lies to the Parliament and the people.

“This statement clearly shows that the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has gone against the Constitution and insulted the royal institution, particularly the King.

“We have no choice but to demand that the Prime Minister step down,” he said.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that although Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law Affairs) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan made the announcement, Muhyiddin could not absolve himself of the responsibility.

He said Muhyiddin made no attempt to correct Takiyuddin’s announcement despite being seated next to him or make a clarification in the following days.

“Tan Sri Muhyiddin is therefore responsible for this shameful act as are the rest of the Cabinet members. It is incumbent on him to resign as Prime Minister and his Cabinet members must follow suit,” he said.

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno is disappointed with Muhyiddin for going against the wishes of the King for the emergency ordinances to be debated and revoked in Parliament in line with Article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution.

“Even more disappointing was when the King himself had to reveal that the revocation of the ordinances as announced by the law minister on Monday in Parliament was very confusing as when in fact, they had yet to receive consent from the King,” he said.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said while he supports PN, he does not support Muhyiddin as prime minister.

He asked for a vote to be called in the Dewan Rakyat to see the leader who has majority support.

“It is up to the King to name another candidate whom he finds is able to command the confidence of the majority of the house,” Najib said at a press conference in Parliament.

Patriot president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji said the association joins the “demands of millions of Malaysians that the leaders in the Perikatan Nasional-led government should immediately resign”.

“Theirs is an act of treason against our Constitutional Monarchy and for having grossly desecrated the Federal Constitution and having acted mala fide in the august House of Parliament,” he said in a statement.

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