PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Cabinet must resign after losing the majority support in the Dewan Rakyat, says Pakatan Harapan, after Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Parliament) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan issued an inaccurate statement that has misled the MPs.
Calling for the collective resignation of the Perikatan government, the Pakatan Harapan presidential council said the statement by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in response to a rare rebuke issued by Istana Negara also betrayed the Federal Constitution and the parliamentary democracy system.
The council said that the Perikatan government and Cabinet lost its legitimacy as it no longer had the majority support of the Dewan Rakyat and eligibility to lead when the Prime Minister and the Minister failed to heed the King's decree by tabling the Emergency Ordinances to be debated.
"Thus, there is nothing else that should be done by Muhyiddin, his entire Cabinet and the Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat, as well as the Attorney General besides resigning," said a statement by the council on Friday (July 30).
The council added that the statement defending the government's decision to not debate the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances in Parliament is "arrogant" and "rude" towards the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The statement was issued by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
On Thursday (July 29), Istana Negara released a strongly-worded statement saying that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had expressed great disappointment with the government's decision to revoke six emergency ordinances without His Majesty's consent.
The King also expressed dismay that the revocation of the ordinances was not presented in Parliament by the government and said that the Parliament had been misled.
The Royal rebuke came following a bombshell announcement by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Parliament) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan in Parliament on July 26 that the government had revoked all six Emergency Ordinances on July 21.
This drew questions from opposition lawmakers, who asked whether the revocation was consented to by the King and why the matter was not laid in Parliament.
Following the statement by Istana Negara, the Prime Minister's Office issued a response saying that the government is of the view that the action taken related to the revocation of the ordinances is proper, and in accordance with the Federal Constitution and the rule of law.
Muhyiddin said that the government had already informed the King of its decision to revoke the ordinances and in other words, whether His Majesty agreed or otherwise, the King is constitutionally required to accept it.
In response to this, the Pakatan presidential council criticised Muhyiddin's statement, saying that it was tantamount to betraying the system of constitutional monarchy by disputing the King's statement.
"If this can be done by Muhyiddin and the Perikatan government to the King, imagine what they can do to the rakyat. It's very important to state that a leader who has lost good standing and is no longer loyal to the King cannot possibly last long," said the council.
In urging for the resignation of Muhyiddin, the entire Cabinet and also the Attorney General, the council said that the Attorney General failed to carry out his official duty in giving legal advice to the King in a neutral and nonpartisan manner without siding with Muhyiddin.
"Throughout this entire special Parliamentary sitting, Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun also defended the Perikatan government by not permitting any debates on the Emergency Ordinances," said the council.