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Will Muhyiddin’s Government Survive Covid Politics?

ASK Thevar | Saturday, January 23, 2021

Kuala Lumpur – Speculation rife that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government has lost its parliamentary majority, hence its legitimacy to rule the country.

It’s learnt that 117 elected parliamentarians had written to His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, seeking his royal audience in early February to express their lack of confidence and displeasure against Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s government.

Among those 117 are MPs from Barisan Nasional (BN), PKR and DAP.

In their respective official letters, they have requested the palace to grant the audience to enable them to show direct proofs to the King that Muhyiddin’s government had lost its already fragile parliamentary majority.

One need at least 112 majority support among the 222 lawmakers in the Lower House of the Parliament, the Dewan Rakyat, to administer a legitimate federal government.

Adding weight to this speculation were last night’s comments from prominent political observer Datuk Lokman Adam.

He suggested that the current state of emergency was a political game plan by PN to survive as the federal government despite losing its majority.

When majority of MPs have written to the King that they had lost confidence on Muhyiddin’s government, said Lokman, “the prime minister and his cabinet must resign.”

He claims that even the King knew this.

“Muhyiddin has lost the majority in the parliament.
“That’s the reason why the parliament was suspended and the emergency was enforced.
“The King is well aware of this.
“The King is in dilemma on who should replace Muhyiddin as the prime minister,” said Lokman.

Although the next eligible candidate for premiership shall be Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, Lokman claimed that the King may not want to entrust the PKR president with the top job for various reasons.

“From my point of view, His Majesty wants a general election to be held soon after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Lokman in his Facebook live chat on Friday night, January 22, 2021.

Officially Muhyiddin “advised” the King to enforce the current state of emergency since January 11.

But many seasoned politicians and observers are quick to suggest that the emergency was straight from former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s catalogue of political manipulations.

“After all it’s an open secret that Muhyiddin has been running a proxy government for Mahathir,” said an observer.

Of late certain certain Umno grassroots leaders have called on Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to quit.

A closer look would reveal that noises were emitted from camps of certain Umno leaders aligned with Mahathir, notably Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Khairy Jamaluddin.

An observer suggested that these Umno leaders were worried that if an election was called soon, they could even be dropped as candidates by the party president.

Hence Ahmad Zahid must go first.

These Umno leaders have also openly attacked several other party leaders in recent weeks.

Their attacks are meant to undermine the credibility of Umno leaders, who have strong grassroots supports, tear apart the party and make it subservient to Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

A secret 5-man political strategy group called C5 Publika, a brainchild of Mahathir, is said to be behind this Umno turmoil.

Ministers Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Zuraida Kamaruddin and Takiyuddin Hassan and Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar are reportedly the 5 strategists in the group.

CS Publika ‘s main strategy is to break up and weaken all political parties, including Umno, MIC, MCA, PKR, DAP, Amanah and PAS, to ensure PPBM’s survival.

One can see that Mahathir has already done it in PKR through Azmin, and currently breaking up Umno through Annuar, Hishammuddin and Khairy.

The 95-year old Langkawi MP is also said to be working hard to split the Chinese-based DAP.

When these parties are weak, Mahathir believes that PPBM would emerge as the dominant party after the next general election (GE15).

A strong PPBM will make it easier for Mahathir to fulfill his ultimate political goal – installing his son, Mukhriz, as the country’s 9th Prime Minister.

But then, Najib-Anwar-Ahmad Zahid combo are determined to stop the nonagenarian.

They would soon persuade the King to either replace the minority PN government with an interim government or call for an early GE15.

The political crisis deepens as political masters move their chess pieces diligently.

Malaysians can expect thundering political fireworks during the Chinese New Year festive season next month.

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