Yesterday (16 August), Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has officially tendered his resignation letter to the King and his resignation will be with immediate effect.
Hence, this will be his last press conference as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Meanwhile, he mentioned that his entire cabinet has also resigned from their respective positions to give way to the new government.
If you have missed out Muhyiddin’s live press conference yesterday, we’ve got you covered with all the highlights here:
1. Muhyiddin resigns as PM, but will Act as ‘Caretaker’ PM
Having resigning as the Prime Minister, the Istana Negara had took to their Facebook page to announce that Muhyiddin will now act as a ‘caretaker’ Prime Minister, or the acting Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister is appointed.
2. Reason for his resignation
Muhyiddin explained that he has lost the majority support of the Members of Parliament (MP) after 15 MPs from UMNO had withdrew their support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government and his attempt to obtain bipartisan support from the Opposition failed.
In accordance with Article 43 (4) of the Federal Constitution, he and his cabinet will be require to resign.
He explains that he could have taken the easy way out as the Prime Minister but that is not his choice. Nonetheless, he stress that he will not compromise with the kleptocrats or interfere with the freedom of the judiciary just to stay in power.
He added that he heard those sincere calls of his supporters urging him to not resign, however, he is not able to do so because he had lost the trust of the majority of MPs.
3. Enough vaccines for Malaysians
Despite his last day as the Prime Minister yesterday (16 August), he as the Prime Minister, reassured Malaysians that there will be enough vaccines for everyone as his government has ordered over 87 million of vaccines for all who are residing in Malaysia, which cost around 4.36 billion.
At the same time, he said that the vaccination programme will continue as usual and that Malaysia must maintain the highest number of daily vaccination in the world.
Muhyiddin also expressed his hope for the new government to take good care of the citizens and said that he will always care for the nation.
“I hope the new 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. I care for you always.”
4. Forgiving for his mistakes
Muhyiddin said that there may be mistakes that he and his government had made and he asks for Malaysian’s forgiveness.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone for all my mistakes and my weaknesses while I was Prime Minister.” he said.
Once again, he extended his appreciation to the frontliners, his cabinet, the civil servants and everybody who had been working hard in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
After an hour of the announcement, Muhyiddin had shared a video on his Facebook page, captioning “Terima Kasih Rakyat Malaysia“.
Watch the full press conference here: