No signs of PM Muhyiddin losing support: Malaysian minister

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – There are no signs that Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is losing the support of the Members of Parliament (MPs), and hence tabling confidence motions is presently not a priority for the government, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Takiyuddin Hassan.

Takiyuddin was responding to a parliamentary question on Thursday (Dec 10) by Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim who asked if the 25 motions of no confidence and two confidence motions filed on Muhyiddin’s position would be tabled, debated and voted in parliament.

Takiyuddin outlined that while MPs are allowed to file these motions, Article 15(1) of the Standing Orders of parliament states that government business must be prioritised over other business during a parliamentary sitting.

“Since there are no signs that Pagoh MP (Muhyiddin) has lost support, (and that) the government believes that the motions of no confidence and confidence are specific motions and (should be) based on the needs of the people, I am sure this House knows they are not something that must be prioritised,” said Takiyuddin.

He explained that Muhyiddin remained the rightful prime minister of Malaysia as he was appointed by the king following due process in March, after attaining the support of 114 MPs, more than half of the 222 federal parliamentarians.

Takiyuddin also noted that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had claimed in September that he had the support of the majority of MPs to be the prime minister.

However, the de facto law minister pointed out that after Anwar’s audience with the king in October, the palace released a statement highlighting that Anwar only presented the total number of MPs that supported his bid, but not a full list identifying who the MPs were to strengthen his claim.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. PHOTO: AP