Opposition MPs: Impossible for Muhyiddin to still command majority support in Dewan Rakyat

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Calls for a special Parliament session to be called as soon as possible, no later than August 9.

Several Opposition MPs say it is impossible for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to still command majority support of the Dewan Rakyat after several Umno MPs withdrew their support for Perikatan Nasional.

“We are consistent with our stand that Muhyiddin and the Cabinet must step down from their positions,” the seven MPs said in a joint statement Wednesday (Aug 4).

The statement was signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Upko president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, Independent MP Dr Maszlee Malik, as well as Parti Sarawak Bersatu MPs Baru Bian and Datuk Masir Kujat.

On Tuesday (Aug 3), Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the party had decided in a special supreme council meeting, to call on all its MPs to rescind their support for the Perikatan government.

Muhyiddin is believed to have lost majority support of the Dewan Rakyat, but the Prime Minister on Wednesday (Aug 4) insisted that he still held it and a motion of confidence would be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat in September.

Meanwhile, the opposition lawmakers said a special Parliament session must be held no later than August 9 to debate a vote of confidence for Muhyiddin.

They said the vote cannot be postponed until September.

“All opposition parties are of the view that a special Parliament session must be called as soon as possible, no later than August 9 in line with Article 11(3) of the Standing Orders of the Dewan Rakyat.

“It makes no sense for a government that has failed to show it has legitimacy and majority to continue to delay this process.”

They added that the issue of legitimacy and majority support must be tabled, debated and voted upon as soon as possible given that the deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic are on the rise, while the economy is still struggling.