KUALA LUMPUR – Yang di-Pertuan Agong revealed that he had requested Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad not to relinquish his position as the Prime Minister when the latter had an audience with His Majesty on 25 February.
However, Dr Mahathir maintained his decision, said Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Following that, as the King, His Majesty had the responsibility of appointing a new Prime Minister under Article 43 of the Federal Constitution according to his discretion.
Thus, on 25 and 26 February, His Majesty met each of the Members of Parliament to evaluate their support and trust.
“On 29 February, I ordered all political parties who have representatives at the Dewan Rakyat to nominate the name of a Member of Parliament as the Prime Minister.
“At the request of several political party leaders, I agreed to extend the period to give time for political parties to submit their nomination, so that they can do a democratic count.
“Each race will come to an end,” His Majesty decreed during the opening session of the Third Term of the 14th Parliament Sitting today.
According to him, the political turmoil in the country cannot go without end.
After the process and in line with the Federal Constitution, His Majesty emphasized that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had gained the majority confidence support.
“… and therefore, is fit to be appointed as the 8th Prime Minister,” he said while emphasizing that he was transparent and fair in carrying out that during with the concept of constitutional monarch in a parliamentary democracy.
His Majesty trusts that Muhyiddin would be able to bring the country to greater height, besides conducting his duties honestly and responsibly.
He also reminded the leaders to prioritise on the welfare of the people. –MalaysiaGazette