DEWAN Rakyat speaker Mohd Ariff Yusof today dropped a bombshell by accepting proposals for the tabling of a confidence vote on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, which were submitted by former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Batu Sapi member of parliament Liew Vui Keong.
Although Mohd Ariff yesterday rejected a similar proposal from Sabah chief Minister Shafie Apdal on a technicality, it appears in his statement today that the May 18 one-day Dewan Rakyat sitting will after all seek to clarify the position of Muhyiddin once and for all.
Muhyiddin ascended to power following the infamous Sheraton Move which resulted in a political coup after a group of rogue MPs from Bersatu and PKR led by Azmin Ali, crossed over to form an alliance with Barisan Nasional, PAS and GPS.
That was despite controversy over whether Muhyiddin did in fact garner the majority support from members of parliament in order to be named Prime Minister.
The two-month rule of the loosely concocted Perikatan Nasional coalition has been mired by controversy, from hilarious fumbles of its Cabinet ministers that had become the butt of jokes of global telivision, to the controversial handling and disbursement of public funds and relief measures in the wake of the Covid 19 crisis.
Insiders claim Muhyiddin on current standing would hold support from 113 out of the 222 members of parliament, although he faces pressure from both within the ruling coup coalition over allocation of key positions, and his former allies in the opposition.
Muhyiddin and his coup partners had initially tried to outmaneuver legitimacy issues by allegedly fixing the overdue Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18 to just a one day session, with no questions and answers, nor debate sessions allowed.
It may now become his first and final parliamentary session as Prime Minister, although talk is he might have enough to just hold on to power, however uncomfortable his reign in the coming days would be.