Mahathir rebuts PM Muhyiddin on who started political crisis

He will be back.

Belmont Lay | March 03, 2020, 11:57 PM

Mahathir Mohamad has rebutted Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a new blog post that was also shared on his Facebook page on March 3.

Muhyiddin, in his address to the nation on March 2, said Mahathir had caused the crisis by resigning as prime minister.

However, Mahathir disputed this claim and said it does not make sense that he would resign.

He then implied he was betrayed by his supporters, which included Muhyiddin in front of the king.

"Is it true that suddenly for no reason I resigned? I, who had the support of government and opposition parties including Najib Abdul Razak and several others being tried for corruption, resigned (for no reason)?"

"This doesn't make sense," the former premier wrote in his blog.

Takes swipe at Muhyiddin

Muhyiddin was part of a coup attempt to form a new government without PKR, DAP and Amanah.

The attempt on Feb. 23, was followed the next day by Mahathir's resignation.

After which Muhyiddin officially pulled Bersatu out of Pakatan Harapan.

Mahathir had said that he resigned because he believed he had lost majority support and he did not want to work with Umno.

In his blog posting, Mahathir also said he had pushed to form a non-partisan government during the crisis because the people were tired of "politicians who put politics above good administration".

This was a swipe at Muhyiddin, whom he accused of putting politics above principles.

Mahathir wrote: “Party members can also join in the government but as ordinary people that is not bound to their party agendas.”

"But my suggestion was rejected. Then, I resigned and the crisis prolonged. I don't know when it will end."

What now?

After teaming up with Harapan on Saturday in an attempt to thwart Muhyiddin, Mahathir claims to have the majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

This will have to be put to the test in parliament which is supposed to convene on March 9.

Mahathir had also apologised for resigning, a move which eventually led to Muhyiddin being sworn in as prime minister on Sunday.