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Here’s What A “Confidence And Supply Agreement”, That MUDA Wants Instead Of A State Of Emergency, Actually Means

Here’s What A “Confidence And Supply Agreement”, That MUDA Wants Instead Of A State Of Emergency, Actually Means

It would require admission of a minority government though.

Anne Dorall

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The politicking in Malaysia has reached great heights in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is reportedly seeking a state of emergency which would grant him absolute executive powers.

Instead, while the Agong is meeting with the other Sultans to discuss the request from the Prime Minister, other politicians have come forward to raise concerns over the drastic move.

Some Opposition MPs say Muhyiddin has banked on this move to pass the Budget 2021 in parliament as he has a razor-thin majority of support and is evidently not confident that the budget can pass.

Many, most notably the youth party MUDA, have argued that state of emergency, or darurat, is unnecessary. If Muhyiddin’s main need is to merely pass the budget, the confidence and supply arrangement can be put in place, as suggested by Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Member of Parliament Muar. (Credit: Yusof Mat Isa/Malay Mail)

What it is:

The confidence and supply arrangement is a political arrangement in a hung parliament in which an opposition party agrees not to vote against a minority government to pass votes of confidence or budgetary matters.

The arrangement is merely that: an arrangement, without the political obligations that comes with a full-blown coalition. Opposition parties, while agreeing to vote in support of the minority government, can still oppose other legislation.

What it means:

With this arrangement, it will not be necessary for Muhyiddin to call for a state of emergency, nor for the Agong and Sultans to congregate to discuss it, thus avoiding confusion and chaos for the general public.

The Agong is going to have decision fatigue after this weekend.
(Credit: Instagram/Istana Negara)

Instead, the arrangement will provide Muhyiddin the opportunity to get his budget passed in Parliament, though it will also mean acknowledging that his party currently controls a minority government.

However, it would also mean a relatively more stable government to fully focus on the Covid-19 situation in the country.

What next?

Currently, Malaysia is holding its breath. The Agong has yet to make a decision, Muhyiddin has yet to make an announcement, and the rakyat can only sit and wait.


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