Thursday, August 5, 2021

Heed the rulers or resign, PH trio tell PM

The top PH leaders say any move to continue delaying parliamentary sessions would mean that Muhyiddin Yassin has lost the confidence to continue administering the country.

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The top leaders of Pakatan Harapan (PH) today urged Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to heed the call by the Agong and Malay rulers for Parliament to reopen as soon as possible, failing which they said he should step down.

In a statement signed by PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, they said it was of critical importance that Parliament be reopened immediately, among others so that the emergency ordinances and National Recovery Plan could be debated.

“If the prime minister continues to delay or to give excuses to postpone Parliament sittings, it not only means that he has sidelined the king’s views, it also gives the impression that he has lost the confidence to continue administer the country.

“And if the prime minister continues to refuse to advise the king immediately, he should do the honourable thing and step down,” they said.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said yesterday that a Parliament sitting should be held as quickly as possible, to allow the emergency ordinances and National Recovery Plan to be debated in the Dewan Rakyat.

His statement, which came in the wake of a special meeting of the Malay rulers at Istana Negara, was echoed by the rulers themselves who said in a separate statement that they saw no need for the emergency period to extend beyond its scheduled deadline of Aug 1.

The PH leaders today thanked the king for his decree.

“It is abundantly clear that the prime minister needs to uphold this decree and advise the king to call for a Parliament sitting as soon as possible,” they said.

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