MP rubbishes PN’s ‘invalid’ conditional support claim

Ali Biju

KUCHING: Saratok MP Datuk Ali Biju has rubbished the argument by Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders that Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) conditional support for Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is invalid.

He said the argument being raised by lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan and two Amanah MPs – Mahfuz Omar and Hanipa Maidin – was baseless.

“This argument is absurd, baseless and a measure of PH’s desperation at failing to gather enough support to claim the post of prime minister,” he said on Friday (Aug 20).

Ali said the conditional support mentioned by PN chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassion was based on the need for a clean government, separation of powers, independence of the judiciary and upholding constitutional monarchy.

“PH’s argument that this nullifies their support for Ismail Sabri is nothing short of ridiculous. Any coalition that takes power in Malaysia must in any event adhere to these conditions.

“No decent reasonable person, MP or political party, can possibly object to it. Is PH and Ambiga now against clean government and independence of the judiciary?” Ali asked.

The Bersatu MP said it was patently false to say that PN MPs support for Ismail was conditional. He added: “Their SD’s as submitted to the King were unconditional and they had the opportunity to re-iterate this to the King at the audience on Thursday”.

Ali said Mahfuz, Hanipa and Ambiga also totally disregarded the purpose of Article 43(2) of the Federal Constitution.

“The support for Prime Minister is gauged by the stand of members of the Dewan Rakyat individually. And this stand has been disclosed to the King twice over by the MPs,” he said.

The Saratok MP said it was astonishing that Mahfuz, Hanipa, and Ambiga – a former Malaysian Bar president, have such extreme and illogical position.

“One would have thought that they would have warmly welcomed the support of PN for clean government as well as independence of judiciary. Instead their desperation for PH to take federal power has driven them all to a new low,” he said.