Mahathir resigns as PM, Chairman of Bersatu

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Prime Minister cum the Chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) after a meeting with the highest leadership of PPBM PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 23 FEBRUARY 2020. Malaysia
Prime Minister cum the Chairman of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) after a meeting with the highest leadership of PPBMPIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 23 FEBRUARY 2020.

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

KUALA LUMPUR – The leadership and political crisis of Malaysia peaked with the announcement on the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister.

In a statement today, the Prime Minister’s Office verified that the resignation letter has been surrendered to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at 1.00 pm.

Prior to that announcement, the President of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the party will be leaving the Pakatan Harapan coalition. Besides that, Bersatu will stand behind Mahathir and give their support for him as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

“With this, all Members of Parliament from Bersatu will exit the Pakatan Harapan. They have all signed a Statutory Declaration to continue to support and entrust YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister of Malaysia,” said Muhyiddin in a statement.

In a separate statement, the office of the Chairman of Bersatu also said that Mahathir had relinquished his position as the party’s Chairman.

Earlier this morning, the President of PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and the Minister of Defence Mohammad Sabu had a two-hour meeting with the Prime Minister at his residence.

Meanwhile, PKR in an emergency meeting just now announced that its Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and its Vice-President Zuraida Kamaruddin have been fired due to their obvious betrayal.

Plenty of unverified rumours have been circulating in the social media since yesterday on a possible change of the political landscape in Malaysia.

The heat could be felt since early morning yesterday when five political parties namely Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), PKR, UMNO, Pas and GPS had held their own highest leadership meeting followed by dozens of vehicles belonging to the dignitaries entered the National Palace and had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

However, there is no official statement from anyone on the current political situation of the country as of last night.

The Members of Parliament from various parties within the government and the opposition who had a dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Petaling Jaya also kept their mouths tightly shut on the matter. -MalaysiaGazette

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