KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is standing behind Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in next month's vote of confidence, says its president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
“The Prime Minister has said that a motion of confidence will be tabled to determine the legitimacy of his position in the next parliamentary sitting on Sept 6, and we will all vote.
“The whole Cabinet (ministers) are behind him ... and we are confident that the PM will continue to enjoy the majority,” the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said Friday (Aug 6) after visiting a vaccination outreach programme at Marak Parak in Sabah's northern Kota Marudu.
He said Muhyiddin has already indicated that the ruling Perikatan Nasional government was “in a safe place.”
As such, Ongkili, who is Kota Marudu MP, said that Sabahans should stay calm amid the disruptive political manoeuvring by the opposition at the Federal level.
He said the opposition had purposely caused a stir during the recent parliamentary sitting to “disturb” the government’s ongoing efforts to battle against the spread of Covid-19.
“It is obvious that putting Covid-19 to rest is secondary to the opposition. “They are just thirsty for power and went on to create chaos ... they are not just disrupting the parliamentary sitting, but also hampering the government’s efforts to combat this deadly virus,” he added.
He said PBS will continue to stand strong behind Muhyiddin and the Perikatan-led government, adding that its seven assemblymen would continue to work hard and support leaders, both at the federal and state levels.
“PBS will continue to support our Prime Minister and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
"To us, the priority is to fight against Covid-19. And for the government to function well, it needs stability to continue working and improve the nation’s economy, as well as the wellbeing of the people,” he added.
He said feedback from the ground also showed that the rakyat was getting tired of the opposition’s political tricks, and wanted the country to bounce back to normalcy.