KUALA LUMPUR – Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has received a declaration letter from the Members of Dewan Rakyat who convinced him that he still commands the majority support of the MPs.
Thus, the Prime Minister said that his resignation under Article 43(4) of the Federal Constitution should not be raised.
According to Muhyiddin, he has presented the matter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong when he was summoned to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at 11.00 am this morning.
“During the audience, I have informed His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong that I have received a number of declaration letters from the Members of Parliament who gave me the confidence that I still command the majority confidence of the MPs at this time,” he said during a live special address today.
Earlier, Muhyiddin started his special announcement with an apology that he had to come forward to explain about the status of the Perikatan Nasional government and his legitimacy as the Prime Minister while the country is facing a huge challenge in handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
He explained that he received a letter from the Agong stating that eight UMNO MPs have written to the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat that they have withdrawn their support for me.
“In that letter, His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong has cited two providences under the Federal Constitution,” he said.
The first was Article 43(2)(a), where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall first appoint as (Prime Minister) to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of that House; and
Secondly, Article 43 (4), If the Prime Minister ceases to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives, then, unless at his request the Yang diPertuan Agong dissolves Parliament, the Prime Minister shall tender the resignation of the Cabinet.
He also said that he will also prove his legitimacy as the Prime Minister with a motion of confidence during the next Dewan Rakyat sitting in September and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has granted his consent on the matter. –MalaysiaGazette