KUALA LUMPUR — February 28, 2020: Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has secured the backing of 95 MPS so far to be nominated to be the next prime minister.
Muhyiddin became the lead candidate after PAS and Umno today made a turnaround on their call for fresh election.
“Umno (with 39 MPs) and PAS (with 18) as part of Muafakat Nasional have agreed to nominate Muhyiddin as the eighth PM,” says the joint statement signed by the parties’ secretaries-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
Shortly after, Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor also issued a statement stating that Umno’s allies, the MCA and MIC, have announced their support for Muhyiddin.
With the support of 95 MPs, Muhyiddin has overtaken Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who has 92 MPs with him.
The duo need support from at least 112 MPs to have a chance to become the PM.
The Pakatan government collapsed on Monday after Pribumi Bersatu announced it was quitting the coalition.
At press time, 35 MPs have yet to make their choice known.