PETALING JAYA,Mar 1: A day after two PKR MPs pledged support to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today questioned his continued silence over the King’s statement that Parliament could convene during the current emergency.
The PKR president said it’s been almost a week since Istana Negara issued the statement by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
“Why isn’t there any statement from the prime minister as a sign to respect the King’s statement.
“Prior to this, the government had been informing the rakyat that the emergency was declared by the King and therefore, it cannot be questioned,” Anwar said in a live video on his Facebook page.
The Port Dickson MP said this shows the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government still does not have the majority to run the country, “so much so they need to buy over several parliamentarians.”
Yesterday, Julau MP Larry Sng and Tebrau MP Steven Choong quit PKR and pledged their support to Muhyiddin.
PKR won 48 parliamentary seats in GE14 but is now left with 36 seats.
Anwar claimed Muhyiddin’s coalition is using underhanded tactics to buy over MPs “in any way they can to get support before Parliament reconvenes.”
A nationwide emergency was declared on Jan 12 and it included the suspension of Parliamentary sitting until August this year.
Anwar said that a parliamentary sitting will help to raise and debate matters on unemployment, economy, and the lower investments due to a lack of confidence in the government.