Muhyiddin Yassin has been picked by the King as prime minister after meeting piolitical leaders across tthe divides this morning.
He will be sworn in as prime minister tomorrow morning at 10.30am, the Istana Negara has announced today.
The Istana Negara said that this was after it received today nomination lists of candidates for the prime minister post from independent MPs as well as the leaders of political parties that had MPs in the Dewan Rakyat, adding that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was of the view that Muhyiddin had the majority support following the representations received.
Comptroller of the Royal Household for Istana Negara Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement this afternoon, that Muhyiddin is likely to have the confidence of MPs after receiving representations from all party leaders and independent MPs.
“After receiving representation from all leaders of political parties that represented their respective parties as well as independent Members of Parliament, in Seri Paduka Baginda’s judgment, the MP that is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the Members of Parliament is YB Tan Sri Mahiaddin bin Md Yasin (Muhyiddin), Pagoh MP (P143).”
He added that the King has assented to the appointment of YB Tan Sri Mahiaddin bin Md Yasin (Muhyiddin) as Prime Minister in line with Article 40(2)(a) and Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.
The announcement comes even as interim premier Tun Mahathir Mohamad was cobbling together enough support to return Pakatan Harapan (PH) to power.
Muhyiddin, had joined hands with Umno and PAS to garner support for the premiership. However, his decision to partner with Umno drew criticisms from Mahathir.
Muhyiddin was also part of Umno and the Najib Razak government. He became one of the founding members of Bersatu after leaving Umno following a fallout with former premier Najib Razak over the 1MDB financial scandal.
His appointment receives appreciations from many leaders and among them was Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin. She said, “Praise be to God, our hard work in the past one week has successfully made Muhyiddin the prime minister.”
Zuraida was sacked this week by PKR, together with Azmin Ali for allegedly an open betrayal. Following the development, other 11 MPs also followed the lead and joined Azmin’s team to form an independent bloc in the parliament.
Meanwhile, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, met at Muhyiddin’s house, said: “My mission is complete.”