By Mei Kuan
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, via a televised speech today (August 4), addressed his validity as a prime minister, reassuring all that he still commands the majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
“During a meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong this morning at 11am, I explained that I have received a number of confirmation letters from members of Dewan Rakyat that provide confidence that I still command the majority. Thus, the issue of resignation does not arise,” he explained.
“However, I’m aware that my position as a Prime Minister is always questioned. Thus, I would determine my validity as a Prime Minister in Parliament during its sitting in September via a vote of confidence,” he said.
“This way, my position as Prime Minister and Perikatan Nasional as the government will be determined according to the law and constitution. Thankfully, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has consented to my proposal,” the Prime Minister added.
According to him, the Council of Ministers and the government will continue to carry out its duty especially in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ll ensure that the vaccination programme will go on as scheduled and that announced aids will reach the people without obstacles,” Muhyiddin stressed.
He urged all civil servants, especially frontliners, to remain dedicated in carrying out responsibility without being affected by political crises triggered intentionally by opportunists.
“I will not sacrifice my principles and the oath of office as the Prime Minister,” he concluded.