Mahiaddin, prove your majority in Parliament

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We, the undersigned organisations, question Prime Minister Mahiaddin Yasin’s special television address yesterday that presents seven proposals – an olive branch for cross-party agreement to the opposition parties – only to stay in power under the guise of institutional reform goals.

Under the current shaky Perikatan Nasional regime, this is undoubtedly not the priority in resolving the current political deadlock.

We urge Mahiaddin to hold a special parliamentary sitting next week, before officially reconvening Parliament on 6 September and use the vote of confidence in the Constitution to prove whether he has majority support.

If the result is a loss of majority support, then, to comply with Clause (4), Article 43 of the Federal Constitution, Prime Minister Mahiaddin must immediately step down or seek an audience with the Agong to dissolve Parliament. However, the Agong can refuse the prime minister’s request to dissolve Parliament.

Since our country’s independence, there has not been a precedent of an incumbent prime minister being ousted through a vote of no-confidence.

We would like to remind opposition parties they should not hastily accept any conditions imposed by the prime minister when the PN regime is in danger. They should instead establish a constitutional precedent during this political crisis, by urging the prime minister, who has lost majority support, to resign immediately or insist on respecting the Federal Constitution and accept the parliamentary motion of no-confidence.

If it is proved that Mahiaddin has lost the support of a majority of members of Parliament, the prime minister must immediately resign and step down so that a constitutional precedent was is under the framework of our country’s system of constitutional monarchy.

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Mahiaddin’s so-called seven reform proposals to move closer to cross-party cooperation should not be used as a lifeline to preserve the PN regime, if the principle of putting the people first is adhered to.

In the end, irrespective of who has the power to lead the nation, any reform agenda must wait for the development of the situation after Prime Minister Mahiaddin accepts Parliament’s decision, and the political alliance that finally wins majority confidence will reach the consensus of both the ruling party and the opposition. This is the proper practice for our government according to the Federal Constitution.

Joint statement initiated by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

Endorsed by:

  • Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim)
  • Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (Ikram)
  • Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)
  • LLG Cultural Development Centre
  • United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur
  • Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Hokkien Association
  • Projek Wawasan Rakyat (POWR)
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