By Chew Lip Song
GABUNGAN Parti Sarawak (GPS) has reiterated its backing for embattled PM Tan Sri Muhiddin Yassin who will face a crucial Parliamentary no-confidence vote next month.
Coalition secretary Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said this was decided following a meeting between GPS MPs and its chairman, who is also Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg in Kuching today.
GPS has 18 MPs and its support is crucial in ensuring Muhyiddin survives the vote following the withdrawal of backing from around a dozen Umno MPs earlier this week.
“GPS MPs have decided to continue supporting the Perikatan Nasional led by PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” Nanta said in a statement, adding that the Prime Minister’s decision to face a no-confidence motion in Parliament was a “brave and smart” move in line with the Federal Constitution.
He added that the move to topple the government at a time when the country was facing the Covid-19 pandemic would only heighten anxiety among the people.
Nanta also expressed hope that all parties would cease politicking and that all MPs would be allowed to make up their own minds on whether to support the motion in the Dewan Rakyat.
In Feb 2020, GPS played a key role in Muhyiddin’s elevation as the eighth Prime Minister following the implosion of Pakatan Harapan after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation.
Earlier this week a bloc of Umno MPs led by its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi withdrew their support for Muhyiddin. Prior to this, Muhyiddin was hanging on to power by a thread.
The withdrawal of support by Zahid and his supporters meant that Muhyiddin most probably do not command majority support from the 220 MPs now. But with the opposition fractured, Muhyiddin may still continue as Premier, with a minority government.