‘Political changes may affect NRP’


MUAR: Any political changes could affect the government’s efforts to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has reminded the people.

“Can the country face such problems due to reshuffling or changes that could lead to a chaotic political situation?

“I did not say I predicted so, but they may affect the National Recovery Plan and the measures being taken such as the vaccination process,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s remarks were in reference to the upcoming motion of confidence slated to be tabled in Parliament next month.

The Pagoh lawmaker said he was prepared to face any possibilities, but he would still get the majority support of the MPs.

Muhyiddin, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president, said he was not afraid to face the motion as it has been done before.

He added that the determination to prove the validity of his position was set in September because the matter was consented to by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in his audience with His Majesty this week.

“I am confident till this day, even though there were announcements by certain quarters who allegedly do not support me. Maybe it’s a front but (what is) behind it, we may not know.

“This is a political problem where many are confused and to solve this matter, we are bringing it to Parliament.

“I must face it no matter what the possibilities are. I am not afraid or worried because I am confident of having a majority,” he added.

Muhyiddin said this at a press conference yesterday after handing out aid under the National Food Basket programme to community leaders who would channel it to families under quarantine for Covid-19 in Bukit Pasir here.

He was asked to comment about his position as the Prime Minister after several Umno MPs retracted their support for him this week.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin hoped that the political polemics dominating the country could be put to rest after 31 Barisan Nasional MPs yesterday declared their continued backing for the Perikatan Nasional government until the motion of confidence was tabled in Parliament.

Expressing his heartfelt gratitude to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and other Barisan lawmakers for their support, Muhyiddin said their stance is in line with the King’s decree.

“I would like to thank them for agreeing that my legitimacy as prime minister will be decided in Parliament in September through a motion of confidence vote and not through any other methods.

“This is in line with the decree of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which was relayed to me during my audience with the King on Wednesday.

“I hope the stance of these Barisan MPs will put an end to the political polemics happening now and give room for the government to fully focus on its efforts to manage Covid-19, accelerate the vaccination drive and heal the national economy,” the Prime Minister said in a statement.

He added that the interests of the people and the country must be prioritised in the midst of the pandemic.

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