KUALA LUMPUR — May 7, 2020: Apart from a similar but reverse attempt was rejected by the speaker of Malaysia’s Dewan Rakyat, former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is another who wants to see Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, his successor as prime minister, ousted when Parliament meets on May 18.
Mahathir sent a letter dated May 4 to Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md. Yusof on the basis that he thinks Muhyiddin does not have the majority support of MPs.
It comes after Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal earlier sought a motion of confidence in Mahathir in a letter to Ariff that went viral on social media late on Wednesday (May 6).
Shafie had his May 1 letter rejected by Ariff on grounds that it’s not in line with Article 43 of the federal Constitution on the authority of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint a PM.
Why Mahathir is making this attempt to unseat Muhyiddin is unclear because he did say earlier in March that such a move was not likely to succeed.
And making this attempt now may not sit down well with MPs and Malaysians in general because it will be seen as something purely political and an unnecessary diversion to the country’s focus to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The May 18 sitting will be the first Parliamentary session since the Perikatan Nasional government led by Muhyiddin succeeded the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
It has been made known to all MPs that apart from the official opening by the King, only government matters will be allowed.