PERIKATAN Nasional chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is not accepting his political foe Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appointment as prime minister.
According to a Malaysiakini report Muhyiddin has insisted that he had statutory declarations (SDs) from 115 MPs supporting him before the royal audience on Tuesday (Nov 22) – more than enough for him to become prime minister.
In fact, Muhyiddin said he had submitted 114 SDs on Monday, which was acknowledged and received by Istana Negara, and received another SD the next day.
In today’s press conference, Muhyiddin said that Anwar must now prove that he has a majority by showing how many SDs he has with him.
This, he elaborated, was in line with the procedures that were laid out by outgoing Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun who had, on Sunday, asked for prime minister candidates to submit SDs to Istana Negara.
“PN had sent a letter from the PAS secretary-general, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) chairman and the Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) president stating their agreement to form a coalition government with PN,” he noted.
“Also, 114 statutory declarations were sent to Istana Negara of MPs expressing their unconditional trust in me to be appointed prime minister.
“There were 73 MPs from PN, 22 from GPS, six from GRS, one from KDM, and 10 from Barisan Nasional (BN).”
Muhyiddin said for the sake of public confidence over Anwar’s legitimacy as prime minister, he should prove that he has the support of the majority of Dewan Rakyat.
This is in line with the process set by the Speaker, which is to present the SDs of support,” he insisted. – Nov 24, 2022
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