Muhyiddin: I Am Still the PM

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Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reiterated tonight that he is still the prime minister despite opposing claims by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“My presence here is to explain important things Perikatan Nasional is trying to implement within seven months.

Bernama

“Many are also asking whether I am still the Prime Minister…I am still the Prime Minister,” he said during the meet and greet session at Luyang, ahead of the Sabah state election this Saturday.

Present were Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and the party’s candidate for Luyang, Gee Tien Siong and MCA’s candidate for Likas Dr Chang Kee Ying.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today told a press conference that he has secured enough numbers to form a government pending an audience with the Agong.

Anwar also said that he was qualified to be prime minister as Muhyiddin no longer has the support.

Muhyiddin, in reaction to this, said he respected Anwar’s claims but has no intention of pushing the matter further.

“We have to understand, our country is a parliamentary democracy and has to uphold to the Federal Constitution.

“Whatever statement’s made need to be done based on the Constitution. (On this matter) It is the prerogative of the Agong,” he said.

He said although Perikatan Nasional has been called many names, including a “backdoor government”, he was the one appointed by the King.

“I don’t want to talk about my government coming in the front door or the back door.

“What matters is I am a prime minister from the royal palace’s door.

“I was given the responsibility as a prime minister and I have fulfilled my duty,” he said, adding it has been a challenging journey governing the nation in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite setbacks, he said, Malaysia was recognised by the World Health Organisation as one of the countries that handled the crisis effectively.

Muhyiddin said although Parti Warisan Sabah’s chief Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has managed the state well but the fact remained that Sabah need to be in line with the Federal government.

“The federal government will help Sabah, but it will be better if there is PN in the state to work with at the federal level.”

He also said Anwar has to prove his claim through the process and method stipulated in the Federal Constitution.

“Without going through this process, Datuk Seri Anwar’s statement remains a mere claim.

“Until it is proven otherwise, the Perikatan Nasional remains strong and I am the legitimate Prime Minister,” he said.

Muhyiddin also asked the people to stay calm in facing this latest situation.

“InsyaAllah, this issue will be handled well according to the legal process and Federal Constitution,” he added.

Earlier, Muhyiddin urged the people not to fall for the scheme of certain politicians, whose actions could affect the nation’s economic recovery initiatives.

In a special televised address, Muhyiddin said Malaysia needs a strong and stable government backed by its people to navigate the country during challenging economic conditions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The undivided support from the people, he said, is imperative to enable the government to roll out more initiatives that could help to revive the economy of the country.

“I would like to appeal to all of you to reject the actions of unscrupulous politicians who purposely want to adversely disrupt our political stability and the country’s economic recovery plan.

“I call on you to remain together with me and my colleagues in the Perikatan Nasional to steer the country forward at a time when the country is dealing with economic and health crisis,” Muhyiddin said in his speech when unveiling the RM10 billion Kita Prihatin Programme.

Muhyiddin, however, did not identify who he was referring to as unscrupulous politicians.