Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been advised to resign by allies in his Perikatan Nasional (PN) government after a stunning rebuke on Thursday (July 29) by the King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah.
The Palace issued a statement insisting the King did not consent to the government’s unilateral move to revoke ordinances that the ruler had earlier approved during the seven-month emergency which expires on Sunday.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin was holed up with close advisers in Cabinet as well as the Attorney General at his residence after the morning’s parliamentary proceedings, with the afternoon session delayed by an hour.
“PM was told the situation has become too chaotic and untenable,” a source with knowledge of the discussions told The Straits Times.
Umno Youth chief Ashraf Wajdi Dusuki made an open call for the Premier to step down, accusing him of “treason”.
“Umno Youth urges Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to immediately resign,” he said in a statement just hours after the royal rebuke.
Umno is the largest party in government and its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been agitating for its MPs to leave the beleaguered administration, which has been hard pressed to defend its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Straits Times understands that Umno ministers, who have remained steadfast to Mr Muhyiddin despite pressure from Zahid, have told the Premier his grip on power has been shaken by the discord with the Palace.
However, it is not known how the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president will respond to the demands.
He has repeatedly promised fresh polls once the pandemic is under control.
Source : Straits Times