PKR will decide soon on whether to back Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposed no-confidence motion against the prime minister, said party secretary-general.
Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the party will discuss the matter at its leadership council and political bureau.
“PKR’s decision will be on two principles. First, PKR holds that our MPs are free to put forward any motion in Parliament.
“Second, PKR has never admitted to the legitimacy of the Perikatan Nasional government,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
He was referring to a notice submitted by Langkawi MP Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the Dewan Rakyat speaker to table a motion of no confidence against Muhyiddin Yassin.
The motion will be tabled on May 18 when Parliament sits for one day to discuss government matters, including the Covid-19 outbreak.
Separately, Semporna MP and Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal submitted his own notice for a motion to show that Dr Mahathir has the support of the majority of MPs.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamed Ariff Md Yusof, however, rejected Shafie’s notice on grounds that it was unconstitutional to question the power of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint a prime minister.
Meanwhile, a Pakatan Harapan source told The Malaysian Insight that the motion to question Muhyiddin’s legitimacy as prime minister was mooted by Dr Mahathir.
“This is Dr Mahathir’s move. Pakatan is only following,” he said.
The Malaysian Insight also learnt that apart from the two notices for motions submitted by Dr Mahathir and Shafie, a third notice for a motion has been filed by a Warisan MP on a similar matter.
Sources told The Malaysian Insight this third motion combines the first two motions and is intended to ask MPs to make clear their choice for prime minister between Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin. – TMI