Aug 16, 2021 12:41 UTC
  • Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin tenders resignation amid political turmoil

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has finally declared his resignation after months of political infighting within his coalition government, which saw him lose the confidence of the majority of legislators.

According to Press TV, Muhyiddin, who rose to power in March 2020, made the announcement during a televised interview on Monday, expressing optimism for the formation of a new government as soon as possible while being asked by the country’s monarch to remain in charge as a caretaker leader.

This is while the palace of King Al-Sultan Abdullah further pointed out in a Facebook statement that the king does not feel that an election would be the best option and was happy for Muhyiddin to stay on as caretaker.

"The king has received the resignation letter of Muhyiddin Yassin and the entire cabinet effective immediately," said the statement. "Following the resignation, the king is pleased for Muhyiddin to fill the role as caretaker prime minister until a new prime minister is appointed."

The decision was thrust into the hands of the king, who can appoint a prime minister from among elected lawmakers on the basis of who he thinks is most likely to command a majority.

The prime minister will stay on in his governing position, for which no other candidate yet exists in the absence of any party with a clear majority in parliament.

Later in the day, Muhyiddin said in a nationally televised address that he had submitted his resignation to the king because he had lost the confidence of the parliamentary majority, emphasizing his desire for the establishment of a new administration as soon as possible.

The king also underlined that it was not suitable to hold elections during a pandemic amid reports that Malaysia's COVID-19 infections and deaths per million remain the highest in Southeast Asia.

Muhyiddin's hold on power has remained perilous ever since he came into office in March 2020 with a slim majority.