Leave it to judgement of King – Muhyiddin on Anwar’s bid to seize power

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday that he will “leave it to the best judgement of the King”, after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed he has a parliamentary majority to form a new government.

In his first group interview since being sworn in as prime minister in March this year, Muhyiddin said his focus was on managing the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy.

“I don’t want to comment on what Anwar did at the palace,” he stated.

“As far as I’m concerned, I leave it to the best judgement of the Agong. The Agong I think is the most learned and qualified person. He has got his own way of doing things as per provided by the constitution.”

He added: “Whatever decision he will make, he is always following what is provided by the constitution.”

The prime minister also said that when Anwar was meeting the King, he was engaged in a video conference with all the members of the National Security Council about the COVID-19 issue.

Muhyiddin, who is the President of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), had pulled the party of the PH coalition in late February to form the Perikatan Nasional government with lawmakers from Barisan Nasional and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia.

This political tussle at the federal level, which was put on hold for six months while the country fought the pandemic, has returned to the forefront with Anwar claiming on September 23 that he had the majority of support from Malaysian parliamentarians.

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (left) granted audience to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday. Photo: Bernama

Earlier at 2pm yesterday, Anwar had announced that he had been in audience with King Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to present evidence of support for him as prime minister.

Leaders from other political parties are expected to meet with the king in the coming days, he said. The palace, however, said Anwar had merely mentioned the number of MPs said to be supporting him but did not present a name list.

In criticising Anwar, Bersatu Information Chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan said in a statement yesterday that the opposition leader has lied about commanding a majority.