Caretaker Prime Minister Ismail Sabri made a statement yesterday saying that he should’ve laid off 12 Perikatan Nasional (PN) ministers.
Reason being, they sent a letter to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah opposing the dissolution of parliament.
“I brought up the issue to the cabinet twice. Of course, there would be different views on the matter but I brought it up so that they would know my intention.
“I informed the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong there were 12 ministers who had written a letter to His Majesty requesting that Parliament not be dissolved,” the PM said.
“It is my mistake. I should have sacked them all, but I won’t do that because I am nice and a gentle person,” Ismail Sabri said, according to NST.
He made the statement at the Solidarity — Stability and Prosperity Programme held at Dewan Perdana, Bagan Datuk Umno Division Complex yesterday.
According to NST, he said that there was no point declaring war because the main focus for him had to be on maintaining the peace in the country.
Ismail Sabri echoed the fact that one of the reasons behind the dissolution of parliament was the disharmony within the federal government, and that the seeds of division had been planted within his cabinet.
When they had announced the decision for dissolution of Parliament last week, it was said to return to the mandate of the people in view of the political instability in the country after three different administrations in the span of two and a half years.
He had previously said that “the people’s mandate is a powerful antidote for the country to achieve political stability and elect a government that is firm, stable and respected after GE15.”
On the same day, Istana Negara said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had consented to dissolution because he was disappointed with the political developments in the country.