PUTRAJAYA AUG.13: – At the moment no Member of Parliament (MP) could prove that he or she has the majority support from Members of Dewan Rakyat to enable the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint a new Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said, if he resigns now, it is not only he alone will withdraw but the whole Cabinet Ministers are involved and thus leading to the collapse of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Government.
“What will happen to the country if the political crisis continues and a new government cannot be formed immediately? Which government will ensure the vaccination programme could run smoothly according to the schedule?
“Two months period is very crucial and if all the programmes could be implemented as scheduled we will achieve the herd immunity in October. If it is disturbed due to prolong political upheaval then the target to reach herd immunity will fail and the people’s lives will be in danger,” Muhyiddin said on TV1 live telecast here today.
The Prime Minister added, they have reached a consensus that they will discuss with party leaders outside Perikatan Nasional to approve the motion of confidence to the Prime Minister in Dewan Rakyat.
“This will enable the government to function and manage the pandemic until a certain time that is suitable to have the General Election to return the mandate back to the people. The confidence motion could only be approved with bipartisan support in the Dewan Rakyat.
“The government that exists will be more stable and inclusive after the motion of confidence is approved. Stable with the bipartisan support at the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara while inclusive with the recognition of the opposition to play the role to check and balance that is more effective and wholesome,” added.
Muhyiddin also said, we need support, effort and focus by all parties to recover and return the country to the development and healthy growth track.
Muhyiddin then proposed the trans-party understanding framework that will be implemented if the motion of confidence is approved.
Firstly all Members of Parliament (MP) of Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara will be given RM300,000 regardless of political parties for buying food basket to be distributed to the people in need.
Secondly, to support the principle of “Whole of Government “ and “Whole of Society” in fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Finance had sessions including with the opposition and their leaders.
“The government will table the additional ceiling if COVID-19 Fund to RM45 billion from RM65 billion to RM110 billion that will be approved by the Parliament,” Muhyiddin dded..
Thirdly, if the government gets the bipartisan support more than two third majority in Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, a Bill on the Amendment of the Constitution to limit the premiership period to two terms and the Anti-Party Hopping Bill will be tabled in the Parliament.
Fourthly, the government will ensure the government MPs and the Opposition will sit in the Parliamentary Special Selective Committee and could be added to ensure all MPs play the role to check and balance effectively through their participation in the committee.
The fifth proposal is the government agrees to implement the “Vote 18” without having to wait for the implementation of the automatic registration. For that a Constitution Amendment Bill will be tabled in the Parliament.
The sixth proposal is the Supply Bill will be discussed with the MPs before it is tabled in the Parliament. A bill will only be tabled with the support of majority of the MPs.
The seventh proposal, as a recognition to the role of the opposition party that has the number of representatives close to balance the numbers in the Dewan Rakyat, the Opposition Leader will be given allowance and benefits that is at par with a Senior Minister.
“My aim to present these proposals is to enable the government to continue functioning amidst the pandemic with the bipartisan support in the Parliament and at the same time, like others I have a responsibility not to let the kleptocrates to lead the country if this political crisis is not solved immediately,” Muhyiddin reiterated.
Meanwhile Muhyiddin has pledged that the next 15th General Election (GE15) will be held the latest by the end of July 2022.
He said, he has no intention to hold to power and it will be best to return the mandate to the people to choose a new government when the right time comes.
“I assure you that I will take the honourable and constitutional path in resolving the current political crisis,” he said.- Malaysia World News