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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 — Machang MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub today announced his withdrawal of support for Perikatan Nasional and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister.
Jazlan, who had last week quit as the chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), made the announcement during a press conference in Kota Bharu, Kelantan this evening and later in his social media accounts.
“I, as the Member of Parliament for Machang, hereby announce the withdrawal of my support for the Government of Perikatan Nasional and YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister,” the Kelantan Umno chief said.
Saya sebagai Ahli Parlimen Machang, dengan ini mengumumkan penarikan sokongan saya terhadap Kerajaan Perikatan Nasional dan YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sebagai Perdana Menteri. pic.twitter.com/wx5SuWc89Y— Jazlan Yaakub (@JazlanYaakub) January 9, 2021
With this and Gua Musang’s MP Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah’s similar announcement last month, Muhyiddin currently only has the support of 110 out of 220 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.
The main opposition bloc Pakatan Harapan has only 91 MPs as 17 other non-Umno lawmakers are not aligned with them.
The government bench currently comprises 50 from PN, 41 from Barisan Nasional, 18 from Gabungan Parti Sarawak, PBS (1) and one PN-friendly independent member.
On Wednesday, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi after its Supreme Council meeting said a motion to sever ties with Bersatu will be decided in the Jan 31 Umno general assembly.
He said 143 out of Umno’s 191 divisions had told the party leadership that they did not want to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election.
Jazlan had previously said he would resign as MPOB chairman if the PN government does not dissolve Parliament by the end of January. However, he resigned within hours of making the statement.