Opposition MPs invite Muhyiddin to join no-confidence vote against Najib

Progressive leaders mooting a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, July 28, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar
Progressive leaders mooting a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, July 28, 2015. — Picture by Kamles Kumar

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PETALING JAYA, July 28 — Opposition lawmakers today invited Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to participate in a vote of no-confidence that they plan to move against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Parliament.

Speaking after news emerged that Muhyiddin has been dropped as deputy prime minister in favour of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, leaders from PKR, DAP and Harapan Baharu (HB) also urged other rival lawmakers to join their cause.

“We also invite Tan Sri Muhyiddin to join us. The stubbornness of Najib to stay in power is continuing the drag the country down in uncertainty,” he added.

Among the leaders were present PKR’s Rafizi Ramli, DAP’s Tony Pua, Liew Chin Tong, Khalid Samad and Hanipa Maidin.

They added that a successful move to censure Najib in Parliament would allow for an interim government to take over the administration of the country.

The opposition MPs also proposed that an interim prime minister head the government for a year before calling for “fresh and free” elections.

Rafizi said Malaysia was in “critical time” that needed political leadership in the country, which he said could be provided by a transitional government made up of “progressive MPs from both sides of the divide”.

“We have to start the ball rolling for calling this vote of no confidence because Umno will never call (it),” Rafizi added.

“We are looking for a new political realignment of progressive forces to realign the country, but first we have to get a Parliamentary majority and present it to the Agong,” PJ Utara MP Pua said.

Najib this afternoon announced that Muhyiddin has been removed as his deputy owing to the latter’s public criticism of Putrajaya over its handling of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy.

The reshuffle also saw the removal of Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, another open critic of 1MDB, as rural and regional development minister and the elevation of Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who heads the Public Accounts Committee investigating the firm, to deputy home minister. 

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