Quit Or Call For Confidence Vote Bersih Tells Muhyiddin
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should not deny Malaysians a functioning government amid the pandemic, says Bersih 2.0. (Bernama pic)PETALING JAYA: Following the withdrawal of Umno’s support for the government, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin must resign or call for an immediate confidence vote, electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 said.
Its steering committee said it will be irresponsible to prolong the political instability and deny Malaysians a functioning government while the country is facing a raging pandemic and an ailing economy.
“If Muhyiddin believes he can still command a majority, he must convene the Dewan Rakyat and table a motion of confidence in himself immediately, notwithstanding the widely disputed proposal of 14-day suspension by the director-general of health,” it said in a statement today.
If Muhyiddin loses the vote and still refuses to resign, Bersih said, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can dismiss him and make way for a new prime minister, in line with Article 43(2a) of the Federal Constitution.
It said that with the pandemic making fresh polls difficult, the King can use his powers provided by Article 40(2) of the Constitution to reach out to all major coalitions and party leaders to gauge whether any had gathered a viable majority through confidence and supply agreements.
“While ultimately, any new government’s survival should be tested by a vote of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat immediately after its swearing-in, and individual MPs may act independently from their party’s position, the process of government coalition should be party-based in the initial stage.
“If every MP is called in, this will only raise the likelihood of seat-buying, prolonging the political stalemate, putting the country’s governance on auto-pilot mode, and ultimately undermining the legitimacy of parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy,” it said. - FMT
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