KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says that he will not resign but instead will table a motion of confidence to determine the legitimacy of his position in the Dewan Rakyat in September.
In his special address on Wednesday (Aug 4), Muhyiddin apologised as he had to come forward to explain the position of the Perikatan Nasional government and his legitimacy as the Prime Minister while the country is facing the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added that he received a letter from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who informed that eight Umno lawmakers had written to the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat to withdraw support from Muhyiddin.
In the letter, the King had highlighted two provisions from the Federal Constitution, with one stipulating that the Prime Minister must resign if he ceases to enjoy the majority support from the Dewan Rakyat.
“During the royal audience, I had informed the King that I also received a number of letters from Members of Parliament that had convinced me that I still enjoy the majority support in the Dewan Rakyat at the moment.
“So, my resignation under Article 43 (4) of the Federal Constitution did not arise.
“However, I also realised that my position as the Prime Minister had been questioned repeatedly.
“So, I had informed to the King that I will determine the legitimacy of my position as the Prime Minister in parliament.
“A motion of confidence will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat which is scheduled in September.
“Alhamdullilah, the King had accepted my proposal,” added Muhyiddin.
The Prime Minister also noted that the Cabinet and the government machinery will continue to carry out its responsibility to the people and rakyat as usual, especially in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I will ensure that the current vaccination programme will not be disrupted and proceed as planned,” he said.
This also applies to all the government assistance which was earlier announced and received by the rakyat without any problems.
Muhyiddin also urged the civil servants, especially frontliners, to continue with their duties and responsibilities, without being affected by the current political struggle, which was caused by certain parties.
“I understand that they are unhappy with my firmness for not entertaining several of their requests.
“These include the pressure to interfere with the judiciary and to release several individuals who are facing criminal charges.
“I was also accused of being disloyal to the King, but all I am doing right now is purely to protect the rule of law and the sanctity of the constitutional monarchy,” said the Prime Minister.
Muhyiddin added that he will not sacrifice his principles and betray his oath in exercising all his responsibilities, especially towards the King, nation and to defend the constitution.
Present during the announcement were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Jidin and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan, Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali were also in attendance.
Earlier, the Prime Minister arrived at Istana Negara for an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah this morning.
On Tuesday (Aug 3), Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that following its special Supreme Council meeting, Umno decided that it will stand with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and they will not side with the Perikatan government.
“The government led by Muhyiddin has clearly failed,” he said, adding that the decision was in line with Article 3.3 of the Umno Constitution that spelt out its role in upholding the position of Islam.