PAS voiced disappointment today with the recent move by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to instruct the withdrawal of support from party MPs for the Perikatan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
In a statement, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said this was at odds with the spirit of unity among Muslims spelt out in the Muafakat Nasional charter.
“It will also indirectly undermine the National Recovery Plan as well as efforts to tackle the spread of Covid-19, as well as to help those who have been badly affected,” he said.
Zahid had openly urged MPs from his party to revoke their support for Muhyiddin in the wake of a Supreme Council meeting on July 29.
This followed a rebuke by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who said he had not consented to the revocation of emergency ordinances announced by the government several days earlier.
Zahid had said that Umno MPs must carry out the decision made by the Supreme Council on July 7 to withdraw their support for Muhyiddin.
On July 7, Zahid had announced an immediate revocation of the party’s support for Muhyiddin, saying the prime minister had failed to fulfil several conditions as the basis of Umno’s support for the Perikatan Nasional government.
On Aug 3, he said he had enough statutory declarations from MPs who had withdrawn their support for Muhyiddin, adding that these and others would be submitted to the Agong.
However Muhyiddin maintains that he commands the support of the majority, saying after an audience with the king on Aug 4 that his position as prime minister will be determined through a vote of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat next month.