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If Mahiaddin is ready for a confidence vote, why suspend sitting and illegally block MPs from entering Parliament?

 

All Opposition MPs are always ready to perform their sworn duties and can test Mahiaddin’s majority as soon as possible!

 

Tan Sri Mahiaddin Yassin must walk the talk about holding a confidence vote to prove his legitimacy as Prime Minister by calling for a special Parliament session as soon as possible instead of delaying the matter until September.

Despite Mahiaddin’s claims during a live telecast today that he still holds majority support of Members of Parliament (MPs), it simply doesn’t hold water and downright illogical. This is following a sizeable number of Government MPs officially retracting their support and that all Opposition MPs alongside two Independents have unanimously rejected Mahiaddin as Prime Minister.



Furthermore, PN’s actions clearly contradict Mahiaddin’s claim as being ready to hold a confidence vote on the latter’s legitimacy as Prime Minister given their hesitancy to even table and debate on the Emergency Ordinances as decreed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The abrupt suspension of Parliament and the shameful obstruction to allow 107 Opposition MPs to enter Parliament last Monday further showed PN’s reluctance for accountability and transparency.

The MP for Bakri, Yeo Bee Yin today stressed that there shouldn’t be a delay in holding a confidence vote and that all MPs should be free as early as tomorrow to test Mahiaddin’s majority.



The same sentiment was shared by a majority of Opposition MPs who is always ready to perform their sworn duties in Parliament, especially something as pressing as proving the Prime Minister’s legitimacy.

Moreover, the MP for Bandar Kuching, Dr Kelvin Yii today asserted that the delay in conducting the Parliamentary vote is extremely upsetting. He said that such delay is akin to leaving the nation in limbo which is harmful for Malaysia’s economy and the rakyat’s confidence. More importantly, this will further enable the ‘frog jumping culture’ that is the very source of our nation’s problems today which culminated into the shameful fracas last Monday that saw a police blockade being erected in front of Parliament to unconstitutionally obstruct MPs from performing their duties for the rakyat.


Speaking of the fracas last Monday, the MP for Ipoh Barat, M. Kula Segaran has lodged a police report after himself alongside 106 other Opposition MPs were illegally blocked from entering Parliament.

In a statement yesterday, Kula stressed that it is his solemn duty to the people of his constituency and nation to bring their voice to Parliament.

Furthermore, he has also reiterated the call to set up of an Independent Police Misconduct Complaints Commission (IPCMC) as it is prudent and reasonable if the police are not tasked to investigate the police report that has been lodged to avoid any conflict of interest. Kula added that IPCMC has become vital yet again as it will install a high level of confidence on the police force and bring about more independent and transparent investigations.

The Ipoh Barat MP stressed,

 

“The nation looked in dismay and the world took notice, police blocked off the roads leading to Parliament. Yet these police officers, when asked, could not even tell us under which provision of the law they were blocking off Parliament. Clearly these instructions came from someone with a position of power.”



“The fracas was shameful as Parliament had not been prorogued, which means we are entitled to go to Parliament and attend to any matters we want to.”

 

Kula further questioned the silence by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun on the clear insult to the sanctity of Parliament. Obtructing MPs from entering Parliament is a serious offence under Section 9(e) of the House of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 as well as a criminal offence under Section 124 of the Penal Code.

The Ipoh Barat MP then stressed that the Opposition are the watchdog on matters done or undone by the government at all times. He added,

 

“The role of Parliament is vital to a vibrant democratic nation. Not only it enacts laws but scrutinizes government policies, government expenditures and sanction new taxes as the case may be.”

 

Therefore, there is no reason for Mahiaddin to further delay Parliament sitting and instead call a special session as soon as possible for a confidence vote to prove his legitimacy as Malaysia’s Prime Minister.

If he truly has the majority, let the necessary democratic process take its course and don’t obstruct MPs from performing their sworn duties for the rakyat. – The Rocket.

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