Muhyiddin to stay on as M'sia PM, vote of confidence to be held in September

He's not leaving (yet).

Sulaiman Daud | August 04, 2021, 01:53 PM

Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia, will stay on at his post at least until September, when a "vote of legitimacy" or confidence vote will be held.

The Bersatu party leader made the announcement after meeting with Malaysia's king, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in the morning of Aug. 4.

Informed the king he has majority

Speaking in a broadcast at about 12:30pm, Muhyiddin said he had informed the king that he still has a majority in parliament.

Flanked by his cabinet ministers, Muhyiddin said that the vote will be held in September, once parliament meets again.

Previously on Aug. 3, Muhyiddin announced that a parliament sitting will be held in September, where a motion to debate and annul the emergency ordinances will be tabled.

The supposed revocation of the emergency ordinances was the cause of a kerfuffle in parliament on July 29, where opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim read out a statement from the king, and accused Muhyiddin's government of misleading the House.

Call for Muhyiddin's resignation

On Aug. 3, one of Muhyiddin's cabinet ministers declared that he would resign.

Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, is an UMNO member.

According to Malay Mail, he said he made his decision to align with the party's previous announcement in early July that they would no longer support Muhyiddin as Prime Minister.

Following this, UMNO leader Ahmad Zahid called another press conference and revealed that 11 Members of Parliament (including himself) had withdrawn their support for Muhyiddin's government.

He claimed that this showed that Muhyiddin had lost his majority, reported Malaysiakini and called on the PM to resign.

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Top image from Muhyiddin Yassin's video.