UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has accused Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of being in denial over his coalition’s role in the dissolution of Parliament.
In his latest Facebook diatribe, Zahid noted that Muhyiddin, as the National Recovery Council (MPN) chairman, had previously said that if the prime minister fails to manage the economy and country well, it’s best that a general election is held.
This is so that a new government that is capable and free of corruption can be elected by the people, he had added.
“Now he is trying to deny what he said,” Zahid lamented.
Yesterday (Oct 11) Muhyiddin had accused Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, now the caretaker prime minister, of being “irresponsible” for blaming the dissolution of Parliament on the 12 ministers from PN.
He said Ismail Sabri had made this accusation because UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) had drawn the ire of the public for calling for an election during the monsoon season.
Earlier, Ismail Sabri had blamed the dissolution of Parliament on 12 PN ministers, who recently penned a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to record their objections for the 15th general election (GE15) to be held within this year.
He said the action had undermined the prime minister institution and the solidarity among members of the federal administration.
Humiliating a PM from BN
On this matter Zahid said the 12 ministers’ action was clearly a move by BN’s enemy – in this case PN – that is aimed at humiliating the prime minister as the issue could have been discussed in the Cabinet without taking it to Istana Negara and making it publicly known.
“The 12 ministers’ action had immediately resulted in the issue of the lack of faith in the Government under Ismail Sabri’s leadership,” he remarked.
“Of course, the prime minister could’ve just sacked the 12 ministers but this would only lead to a bigger crisis that would bring shame to the country’s administration and could further lead to a vote of no confidence, among other things.”
Zahid further noted that the best way for Ismail Sabri to deal with these “undisciplined” Cabinet members was to speak to the Agong and seek His Majesty’s permission for the Parliament to be dissolved.
“This is an apt move to return the mandate to the people, respond to Muhyiddin’s challenge to dissolve the Parliament, and to ensure that the country’s political stability and economic recovery remain undisturbed in the future,” he noted. – Oct 12, 2022
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