The PM Who Locks Down Parliament

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Muhyiddin has been using the pandemic as an excuse to hide behind his refusal to face the Parliament.


At first, Muhyiddin Yassin, who was newly crowned as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia on March 1, decided to postpone the Parliament session until May 18. That session was originally scheduled for March 9. He had just toppled his own Pakatan Harapan (PH) government by forming a new “Malay only” backdoor government with oppositions and enemies – UMNO and PAS.

The political coup saw the PH coalition (minus Muhyiddin’s Bersatu party) – shocked and furious – becoming the opposition after about 22 months in power. In the May 2018 General Election, they stunningly defeated the corrupt Barisan Nasional coalition, of which UMNO was the backbone of the despicable regime. Now the corrupt regime is back in town.

While Muhyiddin’s loosely and hastily glued Perikatan Nasional coalition claimed to possess 114 majority in the 222-seat Parliament, interestingly, the Pakatan Harapan coalition, led by former premier Mahathir Mohamad, also claimed to have the backing of 114 of the 222 MPs – just hours before Muhyiddin was sworn in as the country’s new premier.

The popular belief was, and still is, that Muhyiddin did not even have the minimum 112 MPs to form a simple majority government in the first place. To prove that Muhyiddin did not have the number as claimed, Mahathir had published a full list of names of all the 114 MPs who supported him on the night before Muhyiddin’s official swearing ceremony. Muhyiddin, cowardly, just kept quiet.

Critics have been demanding that Muhyiddin proves his legitimacy in the Parliament, something which he has consistently failed to do ever since. His supporters conveniently argued that it was not because the new PM was too chicken to face the Parliament, but rather there would be no legislative agenda for the March 9 to April 16 sitting since a Cabinet had yet to be appointed.

Yet, the backdoor government could not explain why Malaysia’s third Prime Minister Hussein Onn had courageously held an emergency meeting in 1976 – just 3 days after the death of his predecessor Abdul Razak (father of Najib Razak whose 1MDB scandal had caused the defeat of Barisan Nasional) – just to prove that he had the confidence of the Dewan Rakyat (Lower House of Parliament).

Luckily for Muhyiddin, the Coronavirus outbreak exploded in his face right after he illegitimately stole the government. He has been using the pandemic as an excuse to hide behind his refusal to face the Parliament. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to suggest that he probably has prayed and hoped that the Covid-19 will not go away so that he can continue with his pathetic hiding.

The months of March and April have come and gone. As much as the prime minister loves the game of hide-and-seek, he has to finally face the music. About 10 days before the May 18 Judgement Day, the Parliament Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff accepted Mahathir’s proposed vote of no-confidence against his lieutenant-turn-traitor Prime Minister Muhyiddin.

For the first time in the history of Malaysia, Dewan Rakyat will be called to debate and vote on the no-confidence motion. But nobody believed the motion will materialize. The backdoor government of Muhyiddin had already put multiple roadblocks to ensure the motion will never see the light of the day. To begin with, the sitting will be restricted to one day only on May 18.

It cannot be any more clearer that Muhyiddin had lied and misled – even scammed – the Agong (King) into believing that he had the backing of 114 of the 222 MPs (Member of Parliaments). Muhyiddin’s appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Takiyuddin Hassan, claimed that the Parliament was earlier scheduled to convene for 15-days from May 18.

However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Takiyuddin shamelessly lied that it had to be shortened to only a one-day session. Yet, astonishingly, as the so-called caring PM Muhyiddin saw it as a threat to have a full-scale 15-days Parliament sittings, he somehow found it safe to reopen business effective May 4, hence lifting the lockdown which had been enforced since March 18.

Even then, the government are so freaked out that only selected pro-government media like RTM and Bernama are allowed to cover the proceedings of the one-day Parliament session. It was expected that the backdoor government would use up all the limited time on that day to table government business only. Essentially, the no-confidence motion against the PM will be swept under the carpet. – Finance Twitter