FORMER Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad released a video statement today in response to the move by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s move to limit the Dewan Rakyat sitting on May 18 to just the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech.

Dr Mahathir stated this move, as conveyed in a statement by Dewan Rakyat speaker Mohd Ariff Yusof’s statement today, showed that Muhyiddin presided over an illegitimate government but left that to legal experts to decide.

The Langkawi member of parliament said this move, that came after Mohd Ariff had earlier accepted proposals from Dr Mahathir and Batu Sapi member of parliament Liew Vui Keong for a no confidence vote to be tabled and for parliament to convene for eight days, raised further concerns over the legitimacy of the current government.

“Right now, he may have the support because even my supporters have been approached and brought over to his (Muhyiddin) through granting of positions and so one. But at the time of his appointment, did he have the legitimacy? As we have reason to believe that 114 MPs supported another candidate,” said Dr Mahathir.

Muhyiddin became Prime Minister following a political coup that began on March 23, after he led 20 Bersatu MPs and 11 rogue PKR MPs in a crossover that led to the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government when he teamed up with Barisan Nasional, PAS and GPS to form the coalition that is currently the government.

Since then, Muhyiddin has showered MPs and key leaders on the Perikatan Nasional camp with 72 ministerial and deputy ministers’ posts, as well as two special envoys with minister’s status, along with 31 political appointments to chairmanships of government-linked companies.