The King appoints Muhyiddin as Caretaker Prime Minister until a new PM is appointed

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KUALA LUMPUR AUG.16: His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has appointed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Caretaker Prime Minister until a new prime minister is appointed.

Istana Negara in its statement said, His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah has appointed Muhyiddin to the post after Muhyiddin handed the letter of resignation to His Majesty in an audience at 12.30pm today.

Muhyiddin tendered his resignation including the Cabinet Ministers of Perikatan Nasional Government after he has lost the majority support of Members of the Dewan Rakyat.

The statement added, the appointment is in accordance to Article 40(2)(a) Federal Constitution that states His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong has to appoint a Member of Parliament (MP) whom His Majesty’s opinion has the confidence of the majority Members of Dewan Rakyat as the new Prime Minister to chair the Cabinet Ministers.

“His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong expressed his appreciation to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Cabinet Ministers for their services and management of the country under Perikatan Nasional (PN) from 1st March 2020 especially in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the Head of the Nation, His Majesty understands and respects the system and the national legal process and also respects whatever the decision made by Tan Sri Muhyiddin that is based on the Federal Constitution and the rule of law,” the statement added.

The statement also mentioned that the Chairman of the Election Commission in an audience with His Majesty has reported, until 10th August 2021, from 613 State Legislative Assembly constituencies, 484 are in COVID-19 red zones.

Meanwhile, His Majesty was also informed that the national health facilities are in a worrisome situation.

The statement added, His Majesty was in the opinion that the implementation of 15th General Election is not the best choice on the well-being and safety of the people. –Malaysia World News

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