KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 – Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today said there was no way out for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin except to resign as Malaysia’s Prime Minister with the ongoing constitutional crisis and the loss of confidence in the Dewan Rakyat.
Earlier today, the Dewan Rakyat learnt of the statement from the Istana Negara, where the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or King had expressed his disappointment over the announcement made on July 26 over the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances without his assent.
This led to a ruckus in the Dewan Rakyat, with loud and clear calls made for the resignation of both the Prime Minister and the Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan who announced to the parliament of the revocation of the EOs said to have been done on July 21.
Anwar called for the immediate resignation of Muhyiddin, saying that the move to revoke the EOs was an insult to the King, against the Constitution and the Parliament process.
The protesting MPs, who had waited throughout the day for the session to continue after the adjournments, managed to drown out most of what the Speaker announced.
He called on the MPs to undergo Covid-19 test, saying that four new cases had been detected in the Parliament house.
It was not clear what else was announced but what was clear was the Parliament session was over for today with no clear indication of until when the postponement of the special sitting will be.
At a press conference later, Anwar and other Opposition MPs said they will turn up for the Parliament session on Monday no matter what.
Anwar also took to task the Speaker saying that apart from the betrayal and disrespect for the Parliament, the Speaker was trying to defend a government that had lost the confidence of the Dewan Rakyat. The Port Dickson MP also said never in the history of the country that such an incident has happened where the Royal Institution had been shown disrespect, and the government has gone against the Constitution.
“What is ironical is that they have abandoned their responsibilities. I will seek the removal of the prime minister.”
Gobind Singh Deo (MP) Puchong said: “Today was a very important day. The Finance Minister was going to table important announcements. People need to know on what actions will be taken to tackle their problems, such as Covid-19. The Speaker’s attitude showed he had very little care for the people. I hope that the Parliament will continue with the special sitting.”
Amanah President, Mohamad Sabu meanwhile said the Covid-19 test for MPs today seemed orchestrated to delay the process of Parliament.