DESPITE calls to unite to fight COVID-19 and a declaration of Emergency, political tussle among members of the ruling coalition has yet to subside.
In a latest development, Umno MP for Padang Rengas, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz announced that he was withdrawing support from the Perikatan Nasional Government, led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Based on the mandate given to me by my division in Padang Rengas and the supreme council, I formally withdraw support from Muhyiddin and the current Government,” he said.
Nazri is the second Umno MP to withdraw support from Muhyiddin. Last week, Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub withdrew support from the already fragile Perikatan coalition.
In principle, the nation has a hung Parliament now. However, with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah ibni Almarhum Sultan Ahmad Shah consenting to proclaim an Emergency, Muhyiddin’s Government is safe to administer the nation, without the need to seek majority support from Dewan Rakyat.
Touching on the matter, Nazri said that by calling for an Emergency, Muhyiddin appeared to have conceded he had lost majority support at the Dewan Rakyat.
“So, it makes sense for him to ask for an Emergency proclamation,” he said, at a press conference today.
Elaborating on his decision, the former law minister said that many Umno grassroots members are upset over how the party is being treated by the Government.
Nazri added that 143 Umno divisions have submitted motions calling for its leadership to sever ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
“The next step is to formalise the motions by taking it up at our annual general assembly,” Nazri remarked. – Jan 12, 2021.