THE Speaker of the House of Representatives (Dewan Rakyat) has accepted a motion by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, MP for Langkawi, that the present prime minister (PM), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, does not command the confidence of the majority of the Dewan.
The speaker said he made this decision to be fair and just and to uphold the integrity of the Dewan and Parliament. He is perfectly within his rights to so decide.
The motion must be put (tabled) at the sitting of the Dewan. There will be a debate on the motion, at the end of which there will be a vote by MPs present in the Dewan.
If the motion is carried, by a simple majority of those present and voting, then the PM must tender his resignation together with that of his Cabinet.
The PM may also, instead of tendering his resignation, request the King to dissolve Parliament. The King is not obliged to agree to the request. Recall that the then sitting MB of Perak made this request to the then Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak in the Perak State Assembly crisis. The request was not acceded to. Read more