Convene Parliament now to vote on confidence motion, says Pakatan


PETALING JAYA: Delaying the tabling in Parliament of a motion of confidence in Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's leadership is unacceptable, says the Pakatan Harapan presidential council.

"The issue of support for Muhyiddin (as Prime Minister) and the stability of the Perikatan Nasional government must be decided now," it said in a statement on Thursday (Aug 5).

The council said Muhyiddin had not given the full picture regarding his support to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and described it as an act of disloyalty.

The statement was signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

On Wednesday (Aug 4), Muhyiddin had said there was no need for him to resign as he still enjoyed majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.

Muhyiddin added that he would prove it through a motion of confidence in Parliament in September.

His statement followed an audience with the King at Istana Negara the same day.

The Pakatan presidential council said that as long as the motion and vote are delayed, the stability and effectiveness of the government remain in question.

"The Malay Rulers had given their view on June 16 on the importance of stability and having the confidence as well as support from the majority of the rakyat.

"The rakyat continues to be under pressure due to the economic woes related to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the high daily cases and death toll, which requires us to address the problem now," said the council.

It also reiterated its stance that all opposition parties have withdrawn support from Muhyiddin, and called for Parliament to reconvene on Aug 9 to address the matter.

"We also urge all those in the civil service, especially the enforcement bodies, to act professionally, and do not simply act based on the orders of the current ruling parties to pressure and threaten lawmakers for not supporting Muhyiddin," it said.

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