The ex-premier noted that the law is being interpreted according to discretion.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has criticised Attorney-General Idrus Harun’s take on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s majority.
This is after Idrus maintained that it was unclear if Muhyiddin had lost his majority even though Umno announced it was withdrawing support for the prime minister.
“It seems that the law can’t differentiate the left leg from the right leg. Sometimes it’s the left leg, sometimes it’s the right leg.
“Sometimes we can’t rely on the law because it is interpreted according to discretion instead of being in accordance with the law,” Mahathir said in a virtual press conference.
The Langkawi MP said that the law was not being applied consistently.
Idrus had said that Umno’s announcement cannot determine Muhyiddin’s majority as it must be done by the MPs themselves.
However, Mahathir pointed out that a party statement was exactly how Muhyiddin first came to power after the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government in February last year.
“We thank the attorney-general for his explanation but when Muhyiddin claimed he commanded majority support, he too did not get consent from all the MPs, particularly from Bersatu.”
Mahathir said six MPs including himself did not support Muhyiddin but were included in the list of MPs who purportedly backed Muhyiddin.
“Muhyiddin’s claim was accepted and he was declared the prime minister but this time it is said a statement by the party president cannot be accepted,” he said.
Yesterday (July 7), Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi declared that his party was withdrawing its support for Muhyiddin.
Umno has 38 MPs but a majority are opposed to quitting the Perikatan Nasional government.
However, Muhyiddin only has a four-seat majority in Parliament and only a handful of Umno’s 38 MPs is enough to oust him.
Prior to Idrus’ announcement, he had reportedly visited Muhyiddin’s residence in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, this morning (July 8).
Parliament will only convene on July 26.