Muhyiddin insisted he has the majority support after submitting 115 SDs to the palace.
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Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been sworn in as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister today.
But for Perikatan Nasional (PN) chief Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, it is not over yet.
Muhyiddin, Malaysia’s shortest-ruling prime minister, rejected Anwar Ibrahim’s appointment as prime minister.
According to Harian Metro, Muhyiddin insisted he had statutory declarations (SD) from 115 MPs on his side, meaning he should become prime minister.
The Pagoh MP submitted 114 SDs on Monday and received another SD the day after.
The SDs purportedly include:
- 73 MPs from Perikatan Nasional
- 22 MPs from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)
- Six from Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)
- One from Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM)
- 10 from Barisan Nasional
- 2 independent MPs.
He challenged Anwar to prove he has a majority by revealing how many SDs he has.
For the sake of the people’s confidence in Anwar’s legitimacy as prime minister, it is appropriate for him to prove that he has the support of the majority of Dewan Rakyat members.Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on why Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should reveal his SDs.
Muhyiddin claimed this is in line with the procedures laid out by outgoing Dewan Rakyat speaker Azhar Azizan Harun.
The Speaker had previously asked for the prime minister candidates to submit SDs to the palace.
Meanwhile, some netizens had anticipated that Muhyiddin would not go out without a fight to the last.
Pagi tadi jam 7.28am saya tweet, saya ramalkan apa yang bakal berlaku hari ini. Saya kata Muhyiddin akan ungkit pasal 115 SD dia.— Roman Akramovich (@SyedAkramin) November 24, 2022
Jam 4.58pm, Muhyiddin benar-benar ungkit pasal 115 SD misteri tersebut 😆. pic.twitter.com/otGylmTL3q
Muhyiddin’s defiance also draws criticism from netizens who feel he is demeaning the wisdom of the King.
Tindakan @MuhyiddinYassin mempertikai keabsahan sokongan terhadap Perdana Menteri Malaysia ke-10, Dato’ Seri @anwaribrahim secara terang-terangan satu cabaran terhadap keputusan dan kuasa mutlak Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong. pic.twitter.com/Yl7PJv0xao— Adzman Kamaruddin (@adzman86) November 24, 2022
At the same time, netizens call on Muhyiddin to repent and reflect on his misdeeds while being prime minister.
Muhyiddin was the country’s eighth prime minister from 1 Mar 2020 following a power tussle.
He pulled Bersatu out of the then-ruling PH coalition and caused its collapse in the notorious Sheraton move.
During his 17-month tenure as premier, Muhyiddin has been criticised for failing to handle the COVID-19 pandemic effectively.
Wahai #Muhyiddin, ‘hanya beberapa yang mati’ itu adalah sahabat saya paling saya sayang.— Cheng (@Purrfessionals) November 18, 2022
36k kematian covid bukan ‘hanya beberapa yang mati’.
We’ll never forget, and we’ll never forgive for what you’ve said. pic.twitter.com/RbGGSrZITl