Several Opposition MPs reject PM’s bipartisan offer

PETALING JAYA: Several Opposition MPs have rejected the olive branch extended by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

DAP’s Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh said the biggest issue she has with Perikatan Nasional is the purported incompetency of its Cabinet Ministers that led to the worsening Covid-19 situation.

"Today's speech does not address that incompetency and changes nothing in helping Malaysia out of the current mess," she tweeted on Friday (Aug 13).

Similar sentiments were echoed by PKR’s Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil (pic), who said Muhyiddin admittedly lost his Parliamentary support during his live address, and he should resign according to Article 43(4) of the Constitution.

"Article 43(2)(a) states that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has the prerogative to determine which MP has the majority to be appointed Prime Minister. Not Mahiaddin," he tweeted.

Earlier, Muhyiddin said the Perikatan government will seek bipartisan support following the current political uncertainties.

He said the government needed the support of the Opposition parties during the motion of confidence in Parliament in efforts to bring the country out of the crisis.

Meanwhile, PKR's Subang MP Wong Chen said Opposition leaders will be meeting soon and a formal reply to Muhyiddin's "offer" will be made.

"I will not be commenting on this matter until Pakatan Harapan issues a statement," he briefly tweeted.

Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) Jerlun MP Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir accused Muhyiddin of losing his parliamentary support.

He pointed out Article 43(4) of the Constitution that deals with a prime minister's majority.

"Where in the Federal Constitution does it say that a PM who has lost majority cannot resign until another MP with majority is identified?

"Article 43(4) states that a PM who ceases to have the confidence of the majority of the MPs shall tender the resignation of the Cabinet.”

Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who co-founded the yet-to-be-registered Malaysians United Democratic Alliance (Muda), said Muhyiddin appears to be making various offers suddenly.

"The fact is, Muhyiddin has lost his support and power. He is doing all he can to maintain his position," said Syed Saddiq.

DAP's Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng also called for Muhyiddin's resignation.

"I reject the carrot and stick approach by Muhyiddin. Please resign!" he tweeted.

Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen said Muhyiddin's offer speaks of sincerity as a prime minister.

However, Yii said such an offer should have been extended to Opposition MPs earlier.

"Fact of the matter, this does not deal with the core issue which is the incompetency of their Cabinet. Fact is, they should have announced shrinking of his over-bloated Cabinet if it's really about the people.

"While I am all for political stability, we cannot excuse or stabilise failures," said the DAP MP.

It is understood that a formal statement will be issued by Pakatan soon.

Earlier Friday (Aug 13), Muhyiddin, in a special address, had sought bipartisan support from the Opposition, saying that such support by Opposition parties is crucial in order to bring the nation out of the political crisis.

Muhyiddin said if the Opposition agrees to bipartisan support, a special Dewan Rakyat sitting will be convened soon to table a confidence motion at the soonest time possible.

He also assured that he will make decisions that are honourable and constitutional in his attempt to solve the ongoing political crisis.

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