Mahathir Told PAS & UMNO Leaders To Support PPBM Muhyiddin Yassin As The Next PM
He had reportedly told PAS and Umno leaders, whom he met earlier, to throw their support behind Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the next prime minister.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad today confirmed speculation that PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin is among the candidates being considered by the party to become the prime minister of the next government.
He said he would accept the former home minister for the top post if there was support from MPs.
“Muhyiddin might become a candidate. If everyone chooses him, I am OK,” he told reporters after announcing the economic stimulus package at the Prime Minister’s Office here.
“If everyone chooses him, he can form his Cabinet,” said Mahathir, who met Muhyiddin today.
He described Muhyiddin as more accepting of opposition members.
“My position is I will not accept Umno, but I will accept those who leave Umno.
“But Muhyiddin is ready to accept them. Whoever wins I will accept him to be the prime minister,” he added.
Mahathir earlier revealed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had yet to decide on the person who will form the next government, amid conflicting claims by supporters of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and those alligned to Mahathir that they had secured majority support.
Tuan Ibrahim: All PAS, Umno MPs Signed SD For Muhyiddin To Be PM
All PAS and Umno MPs have signed a statutory declaration (SD) in support of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the candidate for prime minister, says Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man (pic).
According to the PAS deputy president, the party, together with Umno, initially signed a statutory declaration in support of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.
“When Dr Mahathir announced his resignation and refused to accept positions, Muafakat Nasional signed an SD for Muhyiddin.
“But if there isn’t a clear (Parliament) majority, we propose for Parliament to be dissolved,” he said.
No clear majority, wait for special Dewan vote, says Dr M
Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the next prime minister may have to be decided when a special session of the Dewan Rakyat convenes on March 2, as there is no clear majority established on the formation of the next government.
“The King has asked all MPs. They have made statutory declarations but he is not sure, so he wants them to make another statement.
“He cannot find anyone with a distinct majority,” he told reporters today after announcing the economic stimulus package at the Prime Minister’s Office here.