By S. Harrish
UMNO’S Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has withdrawn his support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional government.
He made the announcement in a press conference at Kuala Lumpur earlier today, just hours after Emergency was proclaimed.
Nazri said his decision was based on the mandate from the Padang Rengas Umno division as well as the recent stand taken by the party’s supreme council members.
This means Muhyiddin has effectively lost the majority support of MPs in the Dewan Rakyat.
The prime minister now has the backing of only 109 MPs out of 220, after Machang MP Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub withdrew his support last Sunday while Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had abstained from voting for Budget 2021 last month.
Two parliamentary seats are left vacant following the deaths of Warisan’s Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong and Umno’s Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman last year.
“With our annual general assembly on Jan 31 unlikely to take place, I decided to make my announcement today,” Nazri said.
He added that at least three more MPs were expected to do the same but did not name them.
However their withdrawal of support will not have any immediate effect as parliament has been suspended due to the Emergency.