“According to the Federal Constitution, should Muhyiddin request the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve parliament, the ruler can withhold consent to that request, forcing Muhyiddin to resign should the vote on Budget 2021 work against his favour”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
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Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa has mooted a general election to resolve an ongoing dispute between UMNO and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) on issues relating to power, position and authority.
Annuar, a staunch advocate of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s power-centric brand of governance, has suggested a nationwide poll as a solution should discussions between UMNO and PPBM on “who gets more say” not end well, forgetting that the dispute between the two parties has nothing to do with the rakyat.
“We should find a way… maybe (we) can discuss with the Election Commission (EC) holding the election online (then) call for election and solve the people’s problem.
“It cannot go on like this. The people will judge us on whether we can deliver for the rakyat,” he said.
Recently, former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman attempted a coup against the (then) Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal led state government and was assisted by Muhyiddin’s henchmen, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan.
The attempt fell flat on its face when Shafie was forced to advice the Yang Di-Pertua Negri to dissolve the state assembly, paving the way for a state-wide election that saw dozens of federal lawmakers from the ruling Perikatan Nasional and Barisan Nasional criss-cross in and out of Sabah.
The lawmakers were clearly seen flouting Standard Operating Procedures established to keep the Covid-19 pandemic in check and got away scot free while hundreds of ordinary Malaysians continue to be charged day in day out on the slightest hint of having flouted procedures.
The whole episode gave rise to an unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases across the board in what has since come to be known as the “third wave,” burdening Malaysians all over and affecting thousands upon thousands of business operators as Muhyiddin imposes strict movement controls for the commoner.
The rakyat is pissed and wants justice, not a general election. If Annuar truly wants to resolve the climate of political instability currently impacting horribly upon businesses, investors and the economy, he should be pressing Muhyiddin instead to allow a motion of no confidence against the latter.
Having a general election or even suggesting it is sheer stupidity, to say the least.
Annuar has clearly demonstrated that he, like his master, is all about maintaining salaries and positions of power at all cost even if it is at the expense of the ordinary Malaysian, who, as it is, is already upset by the way Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional keeps hijacking democracy.
If Annuar is truly about the people, he should pressure Muhyiddin to set the motion of no confidence as top priority when the Dewan Rakyat reconvenes as it is clear that Muhyiddin has lost majority support given the number of pro-government parliamentarians who want the motion to be tabled.
A general election will neither favour Perikatan Nasional nor Barisan Nasional, as it is clear that the rakyat is sick and tired of what is going on and will go for a Third Force, currently led by Tun Dr Mahathir together with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
Muhyiddin is well aware that a vote of no confidence will work in Mahathir’s and Tengku Razaleigh’s favour and is afraid that should he prevent the motion from being tabled, he will be ‘voted’ out anyway when it is time to put Budget 2021 to vote.
As a result, he and Annuar are willing to risk the lives of ordinary Malaysians the way they did in Sabah by setting the stage for the dissolution of parliament to prevent Muhyiddin from being humiliated in parliament.
But according to the Federal Constitution, should Muhyiddin request the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve parliament, the ruler can withhold consent to that request, forcing Muhyiddin to resign should the vote on Budget 2021 work against his favour.