CAN A PM OR MB BECOME AN INDEPENDENT / PARTY LESS?
Malaysia Today 10 August 2014 writes
`Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad once faced the same issue in 1988 when UMNO was deregistered. He continued serving as Prime Minister although he no longer belonged to any party and was an independent Prime Minister.
No doubt they could have ousted him with a no confidence vote in Parliament but they did not. Hence Dr Mahathir continued as Prime Minister until UMNO BARU was formed and the new party was admitted into Barisan Nasional as a coalition partner.
The circumstances in 1988 may have been different from what happened yesterday. Nevertheless, the issue here is whether a Prime Minister or Menteri Besar can become an independent or party-less and continue to legally stay on as the CEO.