PM, Cabinet still hold executive power, says AG


PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister and his Cabinet still hold executive power under the Constitution, says Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun.

He said according to Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution, the determination of whether or not an individual has the confidence of the majority shall be made by members of the Dewan Rakyat themselves, and not based on statements by any political party or party leader.

Referring to yesterday’s statement by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Idrus said it was made by a political party which is a component of the government coalition as appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong pursuant to Article 43(1) and (2) of the Federal Constitution.

“At this moment, the government does not have any facts to show the Prime Minister no longer commands the majority of the members of the Dewan Rakyat,” he said.

“Therefore, based on the law, the prime minister and the current Cabinet will clearly remain and continue to exercise its federal executive powers,” added Idrus.

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