A swift exit of the Perikatan Nasional coup coalition is now on the cards. A vote of no confidence against PM Muhyiddin Yassin has now been officially sought through Warisan president and Sabah chief minister Shafie Apdal.
FROM disgruntled UMNO leaders getting vocal over discontentment with his government, to official statements from within his own party, the past week has seen Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s grip on power seeming ever more uncertain.
The move to bring his Bersatu party back to the Pakatan Harapan coalition with statements made by deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir and the Armada youth wing, also echoed by leadership of AMANAH.
Then, the icing on the cake, with Pakatan Harapan leader and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim stating the former ruling coalition would welcome back Bersatu, with conditions.
That leaves just the other partner in the pack, Sabah’s Warisan led by chief minister Shafie Apdal.
Well, another leaked document inked with a sign that corresponds to the Semporna MP’s unique signature has circulated. Shafie’s office do not deny its authenticity when contacted.
The letter, addressed to Mohd Ariff, dated May 1, seeks to table a vote of confidence in that the member of parliament for Langkawi (Dr Mahathir Mohamad) commands the majority support of MPs under article 26 (1) read together with 27 (3) of the Dewan Rakyat rules.
In the letter, Shafie also proposes under Article 43 of the Federal Constitution, that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s powers to appoint a Prime Minister be implemented via a Dewan Rakyat sitting.
Rogue former PKR MPs led by current International Trade and Industry Ministry Azmin Ali and a Bersatu camp aligned to Muhyiddin, staged a political coup via the infamous “Sheraton Move” that resulted in the fall of PH and the formation of the Perikatan Nasional government. The move also saw Muhyiddin announce Bersatu’s departure from the coalition.
However, the two months of Perikatan Nasional’s rule has been marred by continuous debacles and controversies, and recently probes by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) into Covid 19 procurement deals.
UMNO deputy president Mohamad Hasan had last week announced that his party held no formal nor official ties with the Perikatan Nasional coalition, stating that the coalition itself was not an officially registered political entity.
Speaker Mohd Ariff Yusof has verified the letter from Shafie, according to this Malay Mail report:https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/05/07/speaker-verifies-letter-from-shafie-proposing-confidence-vote-for-dr-m/1863920