Four MPs have joined the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his Cabinet in the Perikatan Nasional government.
The MPs in question are Tuaran MP Wilfred Madius Tangau (Upko), Selangau MP Baru Bian (independent), Sri Aman MP Masir Kujat (Sri Aman) and Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik (independent).
“It is impossible that Muhyiddin still has the support of the majority of Dewan Rakyat members after the announcement yesterday regarding the withdrawal of support by a number of MPs,” they said in a joint statement issued with PKR chief Anwar Ibrahim, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Opposition parties have been stepping up their pressure on Muhyiddin to resign following a rebuke by the palace over the government’s move to revoke the emergency ordinances without royal consent.
Anwar and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi both said in recent days that Muhyiddin had lost the confidence of the majority.
Just yesterday, Zahid announced that a number of MPs had withdrawn their support for Muhyiddin, adding that statutory declarations to this effect would be submitted to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
However Muhyiddin said today that he still commands the support of the majority, and that his position as prime minister would be determined through a vote of confidence at the Dewan Rakyat sitting in September.
He also suggested that the opposition to him by some Umno MPs was due to his refusal to interfere in their ongoing corruption cases.
Muhyiddin was appointed as prime minister following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government in February last year, after a series of audiences by MPs with the Agong to determine who had the majority support to form the government.