Barisan Nasional (BN) has denied that it has issued a statement saying that 40 of its MPs will continue to support the government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Its executive secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz said the letter with BN’s logo and office address that went viral on social media was fake.
“BN headquarters denies the existence of said letter. Any official party statement will be issued through the party’s chairman or secretary-general through the party’s official communication channel,” he said in a statement, today.
Sahfri said this in response to a statement issued by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob earlier, bearing the BN logo, saying that all BN members of parliament supported Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister.
He had said he had chaired a meeting of 40 BN parliamentarians, and they had unanimously expressed their support for Muhyiddin.
The MPs had also agreed to uphold the decree by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Barisan has 42 lawmakers in the Dewan Rakyat.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office had confirmed the authenticity of the statement.
However, barely an hour later, a statement signed by executive secretary Mohd Sahfri Ab Aziz was released by the Barisan headquarters denying the existence of a letter using Barisan’s logo and office address that had been circulating.
The statement also raised eyebrows as to whether there really were 40 BN MPs backing Muhyiddin’s government as earlier, Pekan MP Najib Razak said Muhyiddin must resign from his post, saying the responsibility for the emergency ordinances fiasco lay on the prime minister’s shoulders.
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had also called for Muhyiddin’s resignation and instructed all party MPs to withdraw their support for the prime minister.
Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, a strong critic of the government, had, at his request, been moved from the government’s section to the independent bloc in the Dewan Rakyat, the first BN MP to make such a move.
The King had earlier expressed disappointment over the statement made in the special Parliament sitting recently that the government has revoked the six Emergency Ordinances introduced during the State of Emergency period.
This was following a statement made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan, who had revealed during the Dewan Rakyat special sitting that the cabinet had agreed to revoke all ordinances on July 21.
Meanwhile, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim wants Ismail’s claim that Perikatan Nasional (PN) still has the support of most MPs tested in Parliament.
“The political situation in the country today is unstable and could hamper efforts to resolve economic problems and fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I wish to emphasise that the government still has the support of more than 110 MPs who are still with the government today.
There are 220 members in the Dewan Rakyat.
Ismail Sabri did not mention who among them are still backing the prime minister.
In an immediate response, Anwar challenged PN to put its legitimacy to the test in the Dewan Rakyat.
“Ismail Sabri knows the law. He should test it in the Dewan Rakyat. Why be afraid of a test in the House?
“He is a minister. He is a son of Pahang. Does he understand derhaka (treason)? Does he understand royal decrees? Does he understand the role of Parliament?
“I wish to advise people like this who are stubborn and insist on treason on clear-cut matters: Read the law, respect the Constitution, and respect the decree of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” Anwar said.