Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin waved to the media practitioners as he leaves Gate 1 of Istana Negara after having an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette /16 AUGUST 2021 Interim caretaker PM
Muhyiddin Yassin melambai kepada media ketika memasuki Pintu 1 Istana Negara bagi mengadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong di Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur. Foto SYAFIQ AMBAK, 16 OGOS 2021

KUALA LUMPUR – Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Sultan Ahmad Shah has received the resignation letter from Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister and his whole Cabinet with immediate effect.

Following the resignation, Yang di-Pertuan Agong has granted his consent to appoint Muhyiddin as the caretaker Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister is appointed.

This is in line with Article 40(2)(a) and 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution, where, His Majesty shall appoint a Prime Minister, who, in his judgement is like to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives.

The Comptroller of the Royal Household, Datuk Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said in a statement that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong understands and respects the legal system and process of the country, and Muhyiddin’s decision was based on the principals of the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and sovereignty of the law.

“His Majesty also expressed his appreciation to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Md Yassin and the Cabinet Ministers for their contribution and service in amanging the country under Perikatan Nasional which started on 1 March 2020, especially in fighting Covid-19 pandemic,” said the statement.

The statement was issued by Istana Negara after Muhyiddin had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Earlier His Majesty also granted an audience to the Chief Secretary of the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali; Attorney-General, Tan Sri Idrus Harun and the Chairman of Election Commission, Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh at 11.00 am.

According to that statement, His Majesty was informed by Abdul Ghani that as on 10 August 2021, 484 areas (79 percent) out of 613 State Assembly Areas are under the Covid-19 red zone.

At the same time, His Majesty is also aware that the national healthcare facilities are at an alarming situation.

Therefore, holding the 15th General Election (GE15) is not the best choice for the safety and benefit of the people.

“His Majesty hopes that the never-ending political crisis that has disrupted the administrative flow of the country can be ceased for the welfare of the people and national economy that are threatened by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Al-Sultan Abdullah. –MalaysiaGazette

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