KUALA LUMPUR — March 2, 2020: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s eight prime minister sworn in to the job yesterday, has clarified that he was appointed after having received the majority support of MPs.
Although the appointment did not come by way of an election, it was nevertheless made in accordance with the federal Constitution and after the initial two candidates for the post failed to secure the required majority. This was explained in the statement from Istana Negara on February 28.
Muhyiddin made his first address to the nation tonight via all the local television networks.
“I have no intention to be confrontational with anyone. I just wish to provide a little clarification on what has actually happened so that my sincerity is not questioned.
“I did not covet the post of prime minister. I only came forward to save the situation when the two candidates for prime minister did not get the majority support of members of the Dewan Rakyat,” he said.
(Former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has questioned Muhyiddin’s appointment to the point of saying the Pagoh MP is not the rightful PM while his son (Datuk Seri Mukhriz) claimed that Muhyiddin’s candidacy was not endorsed by his party Pribumi Bersatu. — Editor’s note)
Muhyiddin further clarified that at the outset, he and all MPs from Pribumi Bersatu gave their undivided support to Mahathir but unfortunately the latter failed to secure the majority support, which he claimed he had but only after the Agong had met all the party leaders.
Hence, the Agong took the wise decision of inviting the heads of all parties to nominate a candidate with the majority support.