Opposition leader Anwar slams Malaysian PM Muhyiddin’s emergency plan as means to cling to power

Opposition leader Anwar slams Malaysian PM Muhyiddin’s emergency plan as means to cling to power

Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has criticised reported plans of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to impose emergency measures and forestall a parliamentary vote on the Budget scheduled for November.

Sources told The Straits Times that Tan Sri Muhyiddin chaired a special Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya on Friday morning (Oct 23) to decide on emergency measures to ensure that the upcoming budget session in Parliament does not result in snap elections if it fails to pass.

Mr Muhyiddin holds a slim majority in Parliament, and failure to pass the budget would be tantamount to a no-confidence vote in his government and could trigger a snap poll. A general election, however, amid Malaysia’s resurgent wave of coronavirus infections, could prove disastrous.

Datuk Seri Anwar, who recently claimed that he has sufficient support from a majority of the country’s 222 lawmakers to form a new government, said Mr Muhyiddin’s administration was using the Covid-19 crisis as an excuse to justify its abuse of power.