Pakatan urges Muhyiddin to honourably step down

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The Pakatan Harapan presidential council has urged Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to “honourably step down”, claiming that he had lost support and legitimacy as premier.

In a statement yesterday, they pointed out that when the leader of the largest political party supporting the government announced the decision to pull their support, Muhyiddin lost the support of the party and hence the support of the majority of the members of parliament.

“We take note of the statement by the Attorney-General (Tan Sri Idrus Harun) on the issue of support towards the prime minister.

“We would like to remind him that Muhyiddin himself was appointed as prime minister based on letters from political party leaders who supported him, including the Umno president, which were presented to the King on Feb 29, 2020.”

It was “very clear” that Idrus was “acting more like a Perikatan Nasional politician” than defending the rule of law, said the statement signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Focus, they said, must be put more on saving lives and the economy in the wake of the worsening Covid-19 crisis, rather than continuing the politicking for positions and gains.

PH, they said, would continue to focus on efforts to resolve the people’s problems, Covid-19 crisis management, as well as measures to revive the country’s economy through policies by PH committees.

“The presidential council is also of the view that this is not the right time to hold general elections, state elections or by-elections given the high number of Covid-19 cases and the increasingly stressed public healthcare infrastructure.” – NST