Saifuddin: PM Muhyiddin's Legitimacy Will Be Tested In Parliament On 7 Sept

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's and his administration's majority will be tested on the second day of the Fourth Session of the 14th Parliamentary sitting.

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The motion of confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be tabled in the Parliament on 7 September

The announcement was made by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah in a virtual press conference today, 12 August, reported Malay Mail.

He said the motion has been issued by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

Image via Abd Rahim Rahmat/New Straits Times

The first day of the meeting of the Fourth Session of the 14th Parliamentary sitting will convene on 6 September, meaning that the legitimacy of Muhyiddin and the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government will only be tested on the second day of the sitting.

According to New Straits Times, the Parliament will sit for 15 days until 30 September. The opening ceremony will be officiated by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at 10am on the first day of the sitting.

On 4 August, Muhyiddin held a special address to announce that his legitimacy will be put to test when the Parliament reconvenes in September

On that day, he was told that eight UMNO members retracted their support for him, but he had presented a sufficient majority of support to the Agong during an audience that morning.

The Agong then assented to his suggestion to put his confidence in Parliament to the test.

When Saifuddin was asked whether Muhyiddin had spoken to the Agong about His Majesty's request to bring the Parliament sitting date forward, the minister declined to comment.

"I will be committing an offence under the Official Secrets Act if I answer your question. Unfortunately, I will not be able to answer your question," Malaysiakini quoted him as saying today.

He also declined to comment on whether the Cabinet had discussed speeding up the motion of confidence, answering that "there are many possibilities in politics".

With that said, he stressed that the motion of confidence will be tabled on 7 September, adding that the motion will be brought up by either Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob or another minister decided by the Cabinet.

According to Malaysiakini, it is believed that Muhyiddin is currently 11 members of Parliament (MPs) short of a majority.

Until the vote of confidence, Muhyiddin said the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government will continue its duties:

On 3 August, Muhyiddin said the revocation of Emergency Ordinances — which failed to be completed on 23 July — will be tabled in Parliament in September:

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