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KUCHING, July 8: Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs have agreed to remain supportive of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
This stand was taken following the decision during the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) Supreme Council Meeting last night for Umno to withdraw support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, but where its MPs were given the freedom to support either Muhyiddin to continue to be the prime minister or otherwise and “in the event of any voting in the Parliament session on July 26 to August 2, 2021”.
“What is the priority of Members of Parliament at this time is to ensure that the agenda of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) can be realised with confidence and that the people will return to normalcy as before the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the BN MPs in a statement today.
The MPs stated that in a country which is facing a health and economic crisis, the survival of the people is far more important than the games of political parties.
“In this regard, Members of Parliament from (BN) support YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister to continue the agenda of defending the people,” said the MPs.
This statement appears to be at odds with the stand taken by Umno earlier today.
It was reported that in an online press conference held after the Umno Supreme Council Meeting, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said the party’s Supreme Council had decided to withdraw its support for Muhyiddin with immediate effect earlier today.
Zahid was reported to have called on Muhyiddin to give up the premiership to give way to the appointment of an interim prime minister who will focus on the people’s wellbeing, tackle the pandemic and expedite the Covid-19 vaccination rollout.
Zahid also specifically highlighted that the party will neither support Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as a prime minister candidate, nor any Pakatan Harapan (including Democratic Action Party) government. — DayakDaily