Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin tonight cleared the air over his resignation as prime minister last month, saying it was necessary in order to ensure Malaysia gets back on its feet.
His resignation, he said, also ensured that his party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, remained within the federal administration instead of opening the door for Pakatan Harapan’s possible return to the government.
Speaking in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of Bersatu’s formation tonight, Muhyiddin said that after several Barisan Nasional members of parliament withdrew their support for him, he could have kept quiet and refused to do anything.
He said given his responsibility as Bersatu president and Perikatan Nasional chairman, he instead decided to focus on helping the country.
“What would have happened had I and all Bersatu MPs not taken any stand on the selection of a new PM and subsequent formation of a new government?
“Firstly, the country’s political landscape would be in chaos as at the time, no one had any clear majority.
“Secondly, Pakatan Harapan with the support of the kleptocrats could return to the government, with Bersatu becoming the opposition.
“I was thinking rationally. As such, I discussed the matter with Bersatu MPs and PN component party’ leaders such as Pas, Star, SAPP, and Gerakan as well as the top leaders of our allies, namely GPS and PBS to nominate Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri as the new prime minister,” he said.
Muhyiddin said by doing so, Bersatu and PN component parties would remain within the government to continue the efforts to help the country recover until a general election can be held safely.
“When that happens, Perikatan Nasional and I as the chairman will participate in the elections. InsyaAllah (God willing), with God’s blessing and the support of the people, we will make a comeback,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the last year has been the most difficult of his political career and his colleagues.
He said they also faced severe and prolonged health and economic crises.
Muhyiddin said his administration had rolled out a host of initiatives to help the people, with aid packages valued at a total of RM530 billion.
His administration, he said, had also booked 87 million Covid-19 vaccine doses, enough to inoculate 140 per cent of the population, on top of strategising the vaccine rollout.
Muhyiddin said there are still some quarters who claimed that his administration had failed.
“We didn’t fail. They were the ones who wanted to see us fail. While we were busy managing the Covid-19 pandemic, they were busy plotting to overthrow the government.”
Muhyiddin said he is aware that many are unhappy with the actions of those who forced him out of office.
“But I must adhere to the Federal Constitution. When I lost the majority in the Dewan Rakyat, I had to resign and that’s what I did.”
Muhyiddin urged all Bersatu members to prepare themselves for the 15th general election by strengthening the grassroots, closing ranks, and eliminating infighting.
He said there is a need to bolster ties with PN component parties in order to win the election and form the government.
He urged Bersatu members to continue their charity work among the people and at the same time, prove that Bersatu’s political culture is different.
“Our politics is that of service, attentiveness, and contribution to the people regardless of race or religion, not of envy, greed, and lust for power.”
Muhyiddin also announced the formation of the Bersatu Leadership Academy, which he said would conduct a series of training sessions based on the party’s values and fighting spirit as enshrined within its constitution.
The academy, he said, will also focus on imbuing the nationalistic spirit with Islam as its base, yet friendly to all races and religions as per Bersatu’s ideology. – NST