It is official that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin became the country’s shortest ruling prime minister after he tendered his resignation today amid a prolonged and fractious power struggle with Umno that has left the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition in tatters.
At a press conference today (16 August), Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had officially announced that today is his last day as the official Prime Minister of Malaysia.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for all my mistakes and my weaknesses while I was Prime Minister.”
“And I hope the government which takes over the administration of this country will take good care of all of you, because it is the only thing that I care about.” he shared.
Following which, the Malaysian National Palace issued a statement and said that Muhyiddin will will act as ‘caretaker’ Prime Minister, or as acting Prime Minister until a replacement is selected.
“Following the resignation, Seri Paduka Baginda would like that Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Mahiaddin bin Md Yassin carry out duties as ‘caretaker’ Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister is selected.” they shared in a statement.
This decision comes in accordance with Section 40(2)(a) of the Constitution of Malaysia, whereby the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may act at his discretion in the performance of the appointment of a Prime Minister.
“Seri Paduka Baginda is also taking this opportunity to call for all Malaysians to remain calm and join His Majesty in praying that our country remains under the protection of Allah SWT, to remain far from calamity and that the Covid-19 outbreak is damned and over with immediately.” the National Palace said.
The Pagoh MP led a tumultuous term that spanned just seventeen months as he headed a fragile bloc of political parties that quickly turned against each other while he battled a pandemic that had wreaked havoc on the economy and killed thousands.
In the last few days of his premiership, Muhyiddin faced mounting pressure from both his political opponents and the public angered by a worsening public health crisis.
It is still uncertain who will succeed him as prime minister, with Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob among names proposed for a new Umno-led coalition while Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan has yet to show it commands the majority in Dewan Rakyat.
Read the statement from the National Palace here: