Aliran calls on Prime Minister Mahiaddin Yasin to convene a parliamentary sitting within a week and face a vote of confidence.
This is urgent so that the people can put behind them the political uncertainty that has plagued the nation in recent times.
The plight of ordinary people must take precedence over possible political wheeling and dealing ahead of the scheduled September meeting. We fear that political manoeuvring such as horse trading and various inducements to lure defectors will divert the government’s attention from the people’s daily struggles. Worse, a September sitting will prolong the political temperature to the detriment of the people.
All this uncertainty actually emerged in the wake of the defections during the Sheraton Move, which has undermined our parliamentary democracy.
In his televised speech today, Mahiaddin expressed confidence he had enough parliamentary support to govern the country. If that is the case, he should urgently seek a vote of confidence in an emergency sitting of Parliament and not wait for the September sitting.
Our parliamentary democracy has been paralysed for such a long time due to the Perikatan Nasional’s lack of confidence over its majority in the House.
We cannot afford to prolong this political uncertainty. We urge the PM to hold an emergency sitting to prove he indeed enjoys the confidence of the majority of the MPs in the House.Aliran executive committee
4 August 2021