Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Pejuang, Warisan join hands with PH to press for Dewan sitting

They say any postponement to September on the issue of the prime minister's support would be unreasonable.

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Pejuang and Warisan today joined Pakatan Harapan (PH) in calling for a no-confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat to be held without delay, after the two opposition blocs chose to issue separate statements urging Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to resign.

In a statement which was also signed by four MPs from the opposition, they said a special sitting should be called not later than Aug 9 to table a no-confidence motion to test Muhyiddin’s support following the announcement by several Umno MPs aligned with former leader Najib Razak yesterday.

This comes after Muhyiddin today said he would allow such a motion when Dewan Rakyat reconvenes next month.

“We cannot accept any postponement to September on the issue of support for the prime minister.

“It is very unreasonable for a government whose legitimacy and majority support of MPs are being questioned to delay the process of determining its support in Parliament,” said the statement by Pakatan Harapan leaders, as well as Warisan, Pejuang, Upko, PSB. Two individual MPs, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman and Maszlee Malik, also endorsed the statement.

Minutes earlier, PH and four opposition MPs issued a statement renewing calls for Muhyiddin and his Cabinet to resign. Warisan and Pejuang however issued separate statements calling for the same.

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.

At a press conference today, he said 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.

This came a day after Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that a number of MPs had withdrawn their support for Muhyiddin, and that statutory declarations to this effect would be submitted to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

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