“We said no”: Muhyiddin turned down Agong’s request for PN, PH collab

THE Yang di-Pertuan Agong had asked Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) to collaborate to form a unity government, to which PN said no, said coalition chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Speaking at a press conference earlier, Muhyiddin stressed that PN was firm about this stand. “We have discussed this beforehand. We will not work with PH,” he told reporters.

The Bersatu president is also firm in his insistence that he had the support of 115 MPs to become the prime minister, alongside the statutory declarations (SDs) from elected representatives.

According to Muhyiddin, these documents had been submitted to Istana Negara yesterday. He further noted that he had a “letter of receipt” from the King’s senior private secretary to prove his claim.

“I want to prove that when we submitted this… we had more than 112 MPs (supporting PN). That’s why we were confident that we could form the government,” he was reported as saying by FMT.

“But when I met [His Majesty], he said this was not enough. I don’t know what was the reason for this, but the proof is there.”

Following his meeting with Muhyiddin and PH chairman Anwar Ibrahim earlier, the King had instructed the 30 ‘new’ MPs of Barisan Nasional (BN) to appear individually at Istana Negara at 10.30am tomorrow (Nov 23).

Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin noted in a statement that this process is intended for the Agong to reach a decision to appoint a Dewan Rakyat member who, according to His Majesty’s discretion, is capable of commanding the trust of majority of the Dewan Rakyat members as PM as provided by Article 43(2) (a) of the Federal Constitution.

“The YDPA urges and advises every Malaysian to be patient and calm till the process of forming a new government and appointment of the country’s future 10th PM is completed.”

Earlier today Istana Negara confirmed that no MP had commanded the majority support to be appointed the nation’s 10th prime minister. – Nov 22, 20220


Main pic credit: Malaysiakini

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