IF some of embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s fumbling ministers seem to be finding it hard to figure out how to concoct statements in view of recent foul-ups turning them into subjects of global ridicule, the Pagoh MP himself now has wiggle himself out of a trap set by his own Cabinet.
The first day of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) today sees multiple non-essential industries resume full operations, despite medical experts warning the government, particularly Muhyiddin and his trusted senior minister (economic affairs) Azmin Ali against it.
Hence the new opposition bloc marked the occasion with their first joint statement, sending a string signal to Muhyiddin about his loosely tied coup coalition led by a legion of rogue MPs.
The joint statement by Pakatan Harapan, Bersatu and Warisan, signed by its leaders Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Shafie Apdal, Anwar Ibrahim, Mohamad Sabu and Lim Guan Eng called for a full and regular Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18, in view of the relaxed controls over all industries.
“Seeing that Parliement has decided on standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enable Dewan Rakyat to convene on May 18, an in view of many activities already allowed to resume with conditions in place, there is actually no reason or hindrance for Parliament to convene a full sitting for more than a day as announced,” the statement read.
“A longer conference would allow for proper debate and would allow the Cabinet members to legislate agendas of their respective ministries.
“As such, we urge the government to immediately implement a full Parliament sitting of at least two weeks.”
As it stands, parliament, which only the Prime Minister has the power to convene under laws, will only hold a one-day sitting on May 18, with no debate not questions and answers sessions.
Muhyiddin, under pressure due to legitimacy issues of his unregistered thus unlawful Perikatan Nasional coalition, who assumed power following a political coup on the first week of March, is alleged to be trying to delay any such official confrontations for fear of a confidence vote.