Mohd Puad Zarkashi has asked Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to step down following the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s rejection of his proposal to declare a state of emergency.
The Umno supreme council member also shed some light on what transpired at the prime minister’s residence in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, last night.
According to Puad, it was an emotional meeting and certain Bersatu leaders purportedly pointed the finger at Minister of International Trade and Industry Azmin Ali and Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin for the debacle.
“Is it true that they had ill-advised Muhyiddin?” he asked in a Facebook post.
As Perikatan Nasional leaders gathered at Muhyiddin’s house, speculation had been rife that the prime minister and Bersatu president would resign.
However, a senior Bersatu leader who spoke to Malaysiakini on condition of anonymity had dismissed this.
Meanwhile, Puad said the royal rejection of the state of emergency proposal had two implications.
“First, the Agong realised that ‘the Muhyiddin move’ was only a political ploy, not a move to battle Covid-19.
“The third paragraph of the palace’s media statement reads: “Sultan Abdullah feels that the government has succeeded in tackling the pandemic efficiently.”
Puad said: “If the Agong is confident, why not the prime minister? Did he attempt to lie to the Agong? Alhamdulillah, the Agong and Council of Rulers are meticulous and wise.”
Secondly, he noted that legal experts were of the opinion that the monarch must listen to the prime minister’s advice, as stated in Article 40 of the Federal Constitution.
“But it seems that his (Muhyiddin’s) advice was not accepted. So where is his credibility as prime minister? Muhyiddin should just resign,” Puad added.
In a related development, PKR lawmaker Wong Chen also urged Muhyiddin to resign, or at least sack two of his senior ministers.
Although he did not mention names, it is obvious that the Subang MP was referring to Azmin and Hamzah.
“Most Malaysians believe the prime minister should resign. In the history of Malaysian politics, I don’t think the rulers have ever said no to a prime minister’s proposal.
“But then, this proposal was so crazy, so out of touch and so malicious in its intent to suspend Parliament that it was rightfully rejected by the rulers.
“If he doesn’t resign, then at least two of his senior ministers should be sacked. We know that the prime minister has not been in the best of health for some time and there are persistent talks that he is being influenced by these two senior ministers.
“So, either the prime minister resigns, or he sacks the said two senior ministers for this audacious attempt to subvert democracy in Malaysia. That should be the appropriate closure to this ugly chapter of a manufactured emergency crisis,” Wong said.
He argued that there must be consequences for such serious actions, or the nation would continue to suffer the politics of impunity.
“A slap on the wrist approach to this will not do.
“After that, let’s talk about working together to contain Covid-19, and negotiate for reforms and the budget,” Wong added. – Malaysiakini