By P Ramakrishnan
Numbers…numbers…where are the numbers? Who has the majority support?
The Agong has on three occasions asked for Parliament to reconvene immediately without as much as a courteous response from Mahiaddin. The Prime Minister gives the impression that he is not beholden to the decrees of the Agong. He has remained dumb!
Legal experts are divided in their opinion of whether the Agong is bound to follow the advice of the PM whereas the PM is not bound to follow the decree of the Agong. This issue will remain speculative without a definitive decision unless the Federal Court is enlisted to make a ruling.
On the other end, this issue can be simply resolved without resorting to the Federal Court. All that is necessary to prove is that the PM does not have majority support to remain in office. This fact has been validated when Padang Rengas MP, Nazri, Aziz and Machang MP, Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, had openly withdrawn their support for the Perikatan Nasional government.
It was not proved but merely assumed that Mahiaddin had the simple majority support of 113 MPs when he was appointed PM. With these two Umno MPs publicly withdrawing their support Mahiaddin no longer enjoys majority support to remain as or claim to be the PM of the day.
Under the circumstances, to avoid relying on expressions reported in the media, the Agong should ask Mahiaddin to provide evidence of majority support by submitting the names of MPs who are actually standing with him. At the same time the Agong should also ask Anwar Ibrahim who had claimed the right to be the PM to provide the names of his supporters to prove that he has the support to succeed Mahiaddin.
This will clearly establish the fact as to who is the real contender and who is the pretender.
This humble suggestion to determine who deserves to be the PM could rescue us from the present impasse and allow us to move on to serve the nation democratically.
First published at this link on 2 July 2021
(The views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rebuilding Malaysia.)