No Barisan MPs have signed SDs since 'Sheraton move', says Shahidan

Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional MPs have not signed any statutory declarations since the "Sheraton move" last year, says Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

"From that day (Sheraton move) until now, there were no instructions to sign a new SD," said the Arau MP.

Shahidan said during the "Sheraton Move" last year, Barisan MPs signed SDs in support of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to lead a Perikatan Nasional government.

Shahidan was responding a report by Sinar Harian which said that Barisan MPs signed SDs in support of Muhyiddin as prime minister during a clandestine meeting held at Wisma Perwira on Sunday (Aug 2) night.

The report also claimed that Shahidan chaired the meeting.

"First and foremost, how can I chair a meeting at Wisma Perwira? It's not my ministry," he said, pointing out that the building falls under the purview of the Defence Ministry.

Shahidan subsequently trained his guns on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who claimed in a speech at Dataran Merdeka on Monday (Aug 2) that there were MPs who have retracted support for the Perikatan government.

"If Anwar is not happy and he has more numbers than us, then he has to prove it to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

"The burden of proof lies with him. Prove that he has more," said Shahidan,

Meanwhile, ahead of the emergency Umno supreme council meeting on Tuesday (Aug 3), Shahidan urged its members to abide by the resolution made in the party's 2020 general assembly, which was to continue supporting the present Perikatan government until the next general election.

"The supreme council cannot change this stance," he said.

Any deviation from this resolution could only be decided at the next Umno general assembly.

"If not, people will lose confidence in us. Most importantly, we support the present government and I, as a Barisan MP, will support the government," he said.

Shahidan also said he would strongly oppose to any move to topple the present government.

Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is set to chair an emergency supreme council meeting on Tuesday (Aug 3).

On July 29, Zahid called on Umno MPs to retract support for Muhyiddin as prime minister after the Perikatan government was given a royal rebuke over the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances.

Zahid said all Umno MPs must execute the decision of the Umno supreme council working committee on July 7 to retract support for Muhyiddin as prime minister.

At present, there are 220 MPs in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat following the deaths of former Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong and former Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman.

Pakatan Harapan has 88 MPs from PKR (35), DAP (42) and Parti Amanah Negara (11).

Other Opposition parties include Parti Warisan Sabah (eight), Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (four), the unregistered Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (one), Parti Sarawak Bersatu (one) and independent (one).

Barisan Nasional has 42 MPs from Umno (38), MCA (two), MIC (one) and PBRS (one).

Perikatan Nasional has MPs from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (31), PAS (18) and Sabah STAR (one) and is supported by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (18), PBS (one) and four independents.

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