While heeding calls for bipartisan effort towards budget 2021, Malaysia’s opposition says no blanket support for PN

While heeding calls for bipartisan effort towards budget 2021, Malaysia’s opposition says no blanket support for PN

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite calls for a bipartisan effort towards next year’s budget, Malaysia’s opposition parties have indicated that there will be no blanket support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government.

Last Friday (Oct 23), following a special Cabinet meeting, Mr Muhyiddin had gone to Pahang to meet with Malaysian King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to present his suggestions to declare a state of emergency, citing the worsening COVID-19 situation and ongoing political instability.

After meeting with the Malay Rulers, the king said on Sunday that he felt there was no need to declare a state of emergency.

Following this blow to the government, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) after a series of meetings announced late on Monday night that they would continue supporting the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government led by Mr Muhyiddin.