PETALING JAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not believe the opposition has the majority to overthrow Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin when Parliament eventually reconvenes.
However, the former prime minister said Muhyiddin could not use the emergency to cling on to power.
Mahathir said this when asked if the opposition could come to power if they had the numbers if Perikatan Nasional, the ruling coalition, did not have the majority.
“Maybe they don’t. But it is wrong for Muhyiddin to use the emergency to remain as prime minister,” in a dialogue with the National Council of Professors this afternoon.
Mahathir’s remarks come hours after PKR president Anwar Ibrahim claimed that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government did not have the majority to run the country, “so much so they need to buy over several parliamentarians.”
Anwar had said this after Julau MP Larry Sng and Tebrau MP Steven Choong quit PKR and pledged their support to Muhyiddin.
A nationwide emergency was declared on Jan 12 and it included the suspension of Parliamentary sitting until August this year.
However, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong said last week the state of emergency did not invalidate the holding of parliamentary meetings.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin insisted he had the majority, saying his administration’s Supply Bill (Budget) was approved 27 times.