KUALA LUMPUR — February 28, 2020: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong is agreeable with the decision of Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Mohd. Yusof to not have a special session to decide on the next prime minister.
In a statement today, Istana Negara Comptroller of the Royal Family and Household, Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, said Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah will continue with efforts to solve the ongoing political impasse.
Istana Negara will contact leaders of political parties with MPs to allow them to name the next PM.
Interim PM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had yesterday announced a special parliamentary sitting to be held on Monday to choose a new PM.
Ariff earlier today said the proceeding needed to be cancelled due to non-compliance, one of which is that the announcement must come from his office, as per Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Order 11(3).
“I am also of the opinion that the special parliamentary sitting to select the prime minister must be done upon the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decree,” said Ariff.
Mahathir’s resignation earlier in the week caused the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government.
The Agong had interviewed all MPs over two days to determine who had majority support to form a new government but at the end of the interviews, no clear choice emerged.
Pakatan now has 92 MPs — DAP with 42; PKR 39 and Amanah 11. All are said to be supporting PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for PM.
Mahathir’s Pribumi Bersatu, along with 11 former PKR MPs led by the party’s former deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, now support the candidacy of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Pribumi Bersatu president.
Barisan Nasional and PAS have also issued statements supporting Muhyiddin.