The federal government’s legitimacy is still intact despite 12 ministers from Perikatan Nasional (PN) parties jointly sent a letter to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to express their disagreement for Parliament to be dissolved when the country is facing the monsoon season.
Speaking at the national-level 2022 Maulidur Rasul celebration held at the World Trade Centre yesterday (9 October), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government was formed with the support from 12 or more MPs under the provisions stated in the Federal Constitution.
“They only penned a letter objecting to the dissolution of Parliament (this year) and mentioned nothing about resigning,” he said, adding that the power to dissolve the Parliament lies within the jurisdiction of the prime minister and the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong,” he said.
“If the MPs are still supporting the government, there’s no such thing as it falls. As for the dissolution of Parliament, please wait for the announcement.”
“There will be speculation on GE15, no matter what I say,” Ismail added.
He also said that the collapse of the federal government can only be triggered if the MPs called for a confidence vote and formally withdraw their support for him.
“Many of those who do not understand the constitution are simply talking without considering the constitution.”
“If members of the Dewan Rakyat withdraw support, less than 114 or a simple majority, then the government will collapse as what had happened with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” he said.
Letter to Agong
Last Thursday (6 October), 12 cabinet members from the PN coalition submitted a joint letter to the King, stating their objection to holding the 15th general election (GE15) amid the monsoon season.
Following that, UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the letter was inappropriate and an indication of a loss of confidence in the Prime Minister. Thus, this calls for earlier polls.
Meanwhile, the King, at the same event, had called on his subjects to make the necessary preparations to face the monsoon season that the country is facing, as well as the possibility of floods.
“The preparations are not only from the aspect of reducing the impact of flooding, but to draft a mechanism so that help can be channelled to flood victims in a planned, swift, and effective manner,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysiakini.