Former Law Minister and DAP leader Zaid Ibrahim has said that Agong has an option to sack Muhyiddin Yassin and direct the parliament to elect a new Prime Minister. His statement comes amid the mounting pressure on the PN government to reconvene the parliament. He said that Muhyiddin Yassin hasn’t called cabinet meeting regarding the reopening of Parliament. He further said that King has full power to fire PM along with the speaker and others.
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Zaid Ibrahim has said that Emergency Ordinance empowers Yang di-Pertuan Agong (YDPA) to remove the current prime minister and speaker and others in order to avoid the constitutional crisis in the country. He stated that Muhyiddin Yassin led PN government is fortunate that the Royal Highness is soft and have patient towards ruling government.
“The Principles of the Constitutional King in which YDPA must follow the Prime Minister’s advice under Article 40 The Constitution cannot be used during emergency because Section 14 of the Emergency Ordinance gives full power to YDPA, in everything to solve the country’s problems,” he wrote on Facebook.
The lawyer said that YDPA can also direct the Parliament to elect the new Prime Minister if that’s the best thought. 28 days notice for parliament meeting is not to be followed as we are in an emergency and all YDPA decisions are valid during the emergency, including meeting notice issues and it cannot be challenged.