KUALA LUMPUR :
Muhyiddin will be sworn in today FORMER Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be sworn in on Sunday as the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia, the National Palace said in a statement on Saturday following a week of political power struggles. The surprise announcement from the Comptroller of the Royal Household, Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, said the King had agreed to appoint Muhyiddin as premier after receiving a list of nominees from party leaders and independent MPs, and deeming that he may have the majority support needed in Parliament, reports Efe news.
Muhyiddin will be sworn in at the National Palace at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday. “(The King) said the appointment of the Prime Minister cannot be delayed for the sake and wellbeing of the nation... He believes this is the best decision for everyone and hopes this puts an end to the political crisis at the moment,” Ahmad Fadil said. The political crisis was sparkedby the stepping-down of Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister and Bersatu party chairman on Monday. The King had accepted his resignation and had appointed him as interim premier until a new Government was formed.
The palace’s announcement came hours after Mahathir said he had the numbers needed to be the next Prime Minister, and the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition announced its support for him. Mahathir’s Bersatu party on Friday nominated its president Muhyiddin as its prime ministerial candidate. In a twist on Saturday, Muhyiddin also declared himself Bersatu chairman, even though Mahathir returned to that position during the week. Bersatu’s Secretary-General then released a statement refuting Muhyiddin’s claim, saying the only person who has absolute power to lead party was chairman Mahathir.