KUALA LUMPUR — May 18, 2020: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah today reaffirmed the position of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin due to the majority support from MPs.
“In every competition, there will be an ending. The political turmoil in the country cannot be allowed to be prolonged without an ending,” said the King at the opening of the Dewan Rakyat.
“Therefore, after going through all the processes and in line with the sederal Constitution, I found that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had the majority support of members of the Dewan Rakyat.
“And therefore was rightfully appointed as the eighth prime minister,” he said.
The King also said that prior to Muhyiddin’s appointment, he had asked former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad not to resign but the latter went ahead.
He recalled that on February 24 the country was shaken by Mahathir’s resignation, following which Sultan Abdullah granted an audience with Mahathir to discuss the matter.
“In the audience, I had asked Dr Mahathir not to resign. However, he stuck with his decision.
“Therefore, I am responsible to appoint a new prime minister as required by the federal Constitution.
“Article 43 of the Constitution gives discretionary powers to me to appoint a member of the Dewan Rakyat, who in my view, commands the majority support of the House.”
The King also recounted that he had met each MP to determine the support of a rightful prime minister candidate.
On Feb. 29, the King even asked each political party to submit a name as candidate for prime minister.
Based on the request from party leaders, the King agreed to extend the period for the parties to submit their nomination.
The King also made clear that he had conducted his duties in a transparent, trustworthy and fair manner, in line with the concept of the Constitutional monarchy as well as Parliamentary democracy.
“At the same time, I appreciate the maturity and cooperation of all lawmakers and the rakyat who have played a part for me to carry on my duties,” he said.
The King then cautioned MPs not to drag the country into any further crisis, especially in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I would like to advise against dragging the country once again into a political mess that brings uncertainties while the people are still facing various problems and a difficult future as a result of the pandemic.”
The King also advised the MPs to remain mature and be role models who advocate positive values to the people.
“All you honourable members (of Parliament) must always display maturity in politics.
“This includes being in tune with the concerns and worries of the people, championing the welfare of the people, holding on to the principle of justice, cultivating a culture of clean politics, not touching on sensitivities of religion, race and neither the sovereignty and positions and the Malay Rulers,” he said.