Motion of confidence ‘a wise move’

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has lauded the decision by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to table a motion of confidence to determine the legitimacy of his position in the Dewan Rakyat in September.

He said Parliament was the best avenue for the premier to prove the support that he has from the MPs.

“For Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), we have stressed that the nation must have a stable government as we are in the middle of fighting Covid-19.

“The prime minister has made a wise decision that in order for him determine the support that he has, he has to go back to parliament.

“According to the Federal Constitution, this has to be proven in parliament — you can’t just assume you have the majority,” he said on Wednesday (Aug 4).

He was asked on comment on GPS’ stand over the current political development in Malaya following a special address by Muhyiddin earlier in the day.

“The most important thing now is the wellbeing of the people. The term of the federal government will end in less than two years.

“Why not wait for the general election (GE) and why do we need to fight like this? Tabling the motion in Parliament is a brave approach.

“If he has the support, he should carry on, if not, then we have to face the consequences,” he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Muhyiddin said that he received a letter from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, who informed that eight Umno lawmakers had written to the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat to withdraw their support for the present federal government.

In the same day, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and several other Malaysian lawmakers rejected the leadership of Muhyiddin after the latter stated that he continued to command a parliamentary majority.

“It is impossible for Muhyiddin to still command support of the majority of MPs, after yesterday’s announcement that a number of government MPs have withdrawn their support,” they said in a joint statement.