As Malaysia is under the state of Emergency, the Agong has the prerogative to dismiss Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Cabinet, said Umno advisory board chairman Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
The 84-year-old Umno lawmaker also known as Ku Li reportedly said that the Agong needs not to wait for prime minister’s advice to convene a Parliament sitting as long as the country upholding the Federal Constitution and practising parliamentary democracy.
“He even has the power to get rid of the prime minister and the Cabinet today as he is in command during an Emergency,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
“So long as the Constitution is there and you practise parliamentary democracy, you can have a Parliament sitting.
Ku Li has been an avid critic of Muhyiddin’s administration and was commenting on whether the government will allow Parliament to be in session after Yang di-Pertuan Agong nod.
On March 4, it was reported that Ku Li warned the government that the Federal Constitution would be undermined by the stifling of Parliament.
The Gua Musang MP said that any attempts to compromise the role of the Parliament and prevent it from exercising its true functions should be deemed illegal.
In January, Muhyiddin advised Agong to declare the state of Emergency to curb the spiraling Covid-19 infectivity.
However, critics said that the prime minister proclaimed the state of Emergency to stall the March Parliament sitting as the result of two Umno MPs withdrawing their support.
The Malaysian Insight wrote that despite two MPs from PKR (Tebrau and Julau) having defected and joined his side, Muhyiddin only has 111 MPs supporting him as estimated by the critics.
Ku Li said that in 2020, Muhyiddin cleverly got the leaders of the various parties (Umno, GPS, PAS and Bersatu) to tell the Agong that he had the numbers
“They just added Umno (43), PAS (18), GPS (18) and others and presented it to the Agong.
“But Muhyiddin has never been tested to see if he has 112 although he said he has 130. I have pushed for Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s vote of no-confidence to be debated in Parliament, but it has not been allowed to move up the Order Paper.”
“This is the only way for the king to know for sure if Muhyiddin has the support of the house. Not by showing statutory declarations,” said Ku Li.
“This is bunkums. The only requirement under the constitution is a vote on the floor (Dewan Rakyat)
“If he has 112 MPs or more supporting him, he is in. But if he has fewer than 112, he is out,” said the Gua Musang MP.
He said the confidence vote is important for the country, as investors will only invest in a country that has a stable leadership.
“But because of the instability of the government, nobody wants to put their money here until they are assured that Malaysia will be stable.”