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Confidence vote a normal matter, says Muhyiddin

The prime minister says he is ready to face the vote and to prove that he still commands majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.

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Muhyiddin Yassin today said that the tabling of a motion of confidence against the prime minister is normal and that he is ready and neither scared nor worried about facing it and proving that he still has the majority support of MPs at next month’s Parliament sitting.

“Yes, the confidence motion for prime minister is normal in Parliament, but what should be considered is the country’s current situation and problems.

“Can the country handle more problems should there be a change (of government) or political chaos? I’m not anticipating that… but it may affect the National Recovery Plan and other efforts such as the vaccination programme,” he told reporters at the Sungai Raya district office in Muar today.

However, he said he would leave it to the discretion of the MPs to decide on the best course of action.

He was responding to the statement by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi questioning the majority support for the prime minister and on the motion of confidence to be tabled in Parliament next month.

Muhyiddin said the proposed tabling of the motion of confidence against him in Parliament had received the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

“I want to reiterate that I had an audience with the king which lasted almost an hour a few days ago.

“Many issues were discussed during the meeting, including whether I have sufficient support. I am confident that until today, I still have it (majority support) despite the announcements made by certain quarters allegedly withdrawing their support for me.

“Things are not always what they seem. This is a political issue and that’s why His Majesty consented to it (to be brought to Parliament),” he said.

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