Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should tell party Cabinet members to resign from their posts before asking Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to step down, says MIC president S Vigneswaran.
Vigneswaran said he believed Umno’s push for Muhyiddin’s resignation would not succeed as none of the Barisan Nasional government ministers had agreed to let go of their posts.
“We will see what action Umno takes against its MPs who disagree with the Supreme Council’s decision,” he told FMT.
At its Supreme Council meeting last night, Umno officially withdrew its support for Muhyiddin as the prime minister.
Zahid also called for Muhyiddin to step down, saying the Perikatan Nasional-led government had failed to fulfil the two requirements the party had set to justify support for the administration.
Vigneswaran said Zahid’s demands were unclear and lacked direction.
“Umno is a mature party. When they were in power, the opposition demanded their prime minister to resign many times, but they did nothing because they knew it was just a demand,” he said.
MCA secretary-general Chong Sin Woon said his party will continue to support the PN administration until the next general election.
“Unless BN makes a new, official decision, MCA will continue to support PN till the next election, in line with BN’s decision before this,” he told FMT.
MCA will continue to work closely with newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Senior Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and all cabinet members to fight Covid-19 and revive the economy.
The party’s secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon, in congratulating both Ismail Sabri and Hishammuddin on their promotions, said MCA was confident that both leaders would make beneficial contributions to both Malaysia and its people.
“MCA welcomes and supports the appointment of Defence Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob as Deputy Prime Minister, and the appointment of Foreign Minister Hishammuddin as Senior Minister and the head of the security cluster.
“These appointments will certainly further strengthen the administration of the government and MCA will continue to work closely with Ismail Sabri and Hishammuddin, and all cabinet members to give full focus towards fighting the pandemic, reviving the economy, and helping the people weather through these difficult times because of Covid-19,” he added.
Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced the appointment of Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the deputy prime minister while retaining his portfolio as the defence minister.
Meanwhile, Hishammuddin was appointed as the Senior Foreign Minister and would head the security cluster which was previously held by Ismail Sabri.
Both appointments have been presented before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and comes into effect immediately.