UMNO Says Parliament Sitting Being Delayed Has Nothing To Do With Vote Of No Confidence

UMNO secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said parties should set aside their political differences and focus on the people.

Cover image via Nur Adibah Ahmad Izam/New Straits Times & Berita Harian

UMNO secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the postponement of the Parlimentary sitting has nothing to do with Pakatan Harapan's decision to call for a vote of no confidence in the august hall

Annuar Musa said that the ruling government, Perikatan Nasional (PN), is confident that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has the majority support in Dewan Rakyat, reported New Straits Times.

"That is not true. We are confident with him (Muhyiddin)," Annuar said today, 4 March.

Earlier today, it was reported that the Parliamentary sitting has been postponed to 18 May, instead of 9 March, the slated date before the dissolution of the former Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

PH lawmakers are said to be anticipating the next Parliamentary sitting so that they can table a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

UMNO secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

Image via Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail

Annuar suggested that both sides of the political divide should lay down the interests of their parties and focus on the people's agenda

"The people expect us to work for them rather than engaging in too much politicking," Annuar said.

According to him, the reason for the postponement is because it will give time for the opposition to submit questions to the respective ministers

The Ketereh MP said when he was in the opposition, he would submit his questions to the Parliament for certain ministers to answers.

"When I was in the opposition, I asked questions to be answered by the government. Now I'm in the government, there are no questions from the opposition, because they have not prepared their questions," Malaysiakini quoted him as saying.

"According to the old parliament notice, many MPs did not submit questions because they were ministers and deputy ministers, now they need to submit questions."

Annuar said that the new government also needs time to nominate a new Dewan Rakyat speaker

Outgoing Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

Image via Khalifah Mail Online

He added among other things that Prime Minister Muhyiddin has yet to choose his Cabinet ministers too. Thus, he said more time is needed or else the questions posed by the opposition would not have anyone to answer.

Since the last parliamentary sitting concluded on 5 December last year, Annuar said the 18 May sitting does not exceed the six-month period.

This morning, Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said Prime Minister Muhyiddin told him that the new Parliamentary sitting will convene on 18 May:

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