(PUTRAJAYA, Aug 16) Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Mahiaddin bin Md. Yasin, familiarly known as Muhyiddin Yassin, has officially announced his resignation as Prime Minister with immediate effect, bringing an end to his 17 months in office. His entire cabinet had also resigned from their respective positions earlier today.
Muhyiddin founded BERSATU back in 2016 and returned to the cabinet after his coalition of parties Pakatan Harapan (PH) won GE14 in 2018. BERSATU left PH in February 2020, resulting in a political crisis as the coalition lost its majority in Dewan Rakyat. Muhyiddin then formed a new coalition, Perikatan Nasional (PN), and received support from enough MPs to form a government with slim majority. He was appointed the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia on 1 March 2020.
Pressure mounted recently after lawmakers from UMNO withdrew their support. He made his last effort to court the opposition by promising political & electoral reforms in exchange for their support. However, the offer was rejected by the opposition unanimously.
Muhyiddin will act as a caretaker PM until a new PM is appointed.
It is still unclear who will be his successor, given there’s no clear majority in the parliament. It’d be up to Yang di-Pertuan Agong to decide what happens next. The king has the constitutional power to appoint a prime minister based on who he thinks can command a majority.
In his press conference at 3pm, Muhyiddin mentioned that he has lost the confidence of majority of those in the Dewan Rakyat.
“I could have taken the easy way out to remain as PM, but that’s not my choice. I will not compromise with the kleptocrats or interfere with the freedom of the judiciary just to stay in power.”
He then asked for forgiveness for all his faults & weaknesses during his time as PM.
He also assured the rakyat that his cabinet had ordered sufficient vaccines for every single person in the country, and the vaccination program will continue undisrupted. He hopes that the new government will continue to take good care of the rakyat.
He ended by extending his appreciation to the frontliners, his cabinet, the civil servants, and everyone who had been working hard to handle & battle the pandemic.
More to follow…