Battle for Putrajaya begins as Prime Minister resigns

by | Aug 16, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has resigned as Prime Minister alongside his Cabinet beginning the race for Putrajaya on Monday, August 16.

The announcement made on a live broadcast at 3 p.m. was detailed with sentimental words for Malaysian citizens.

He said that he does not have the majority in Parliament and an attempt for a bipartisan government was unsuccessful. His attempts failed because that there were people who would rather snatch power than prioritise the lives of people, he claimed.

The visibly saddened Muhyiddin apologised to the people for any of his mistakes. But it didn’t stop him from taking a dig at UMNO MPs, especially those facing lawsuits, who conspired against Perikatan Nasional.

He mentioned that he had principles and would not negotiate with kleptocrats.

“I could have taken the easy route and sacrificed my principles to remain Prime Minister. But that is not my choice. I will not compromise with kleptocrats or interfere with the freedom of the judiciary just to stay in power,” he insisted.

Following Muhyiddin’s resignation, top brass from UMNO and Bersatu have gathered at their headquarters to plan on their next move.

The UMNO supreme council said that a decision is being made on a candidate for Prime Minister. The Bersatu council is hosting a meeting at their Petaling Jaya headquarters and party MPs will be at the Damansara Perikatan office. The meetings there are about figuring the total support for Muhyiddin and the possibility to garner more.

A supreme council said, “He still has the most number of MPs compared to others who are vying to be the next Prime Minister. We want to discuss our next course of action now that he has tendered his resignation and is the caretaker Prime Minister.”