Monday, August 10

Muhyiddin to seek audience with King this morning

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Muhyiddin Yassin

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he will seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, at the Istana Negara this morning.

“Our aim is to do our best to save the country from what is going on (political situation),” he told reporters before leaving for the Istana Negara from his residence in Bukit Damansara here at 10 am.

Several politicians and party presidents accompanied Muhyiddin, including PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, UMNO president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, UMNO secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hasan.

“Our aim is sincere and we ask all Malaysians to pray for our efforts to be given the support and prayer for success; I hope Allah will grant it,” he added.

Yesterday, Bersatu, Barisan Nasional and PAS issued separate statements endorsing Muhyiddin as their candidate for the post of prime minister.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin and UMNO and PAS leaders arrived at Gate 2 of Istana Negara at 10.03 am and were seen leaving through the same gate about 40 minutes later.

The car carrying Muyhiddin, the Member of Parliament for Pagoh, was accompanied by about 19 vehicles carrying leaders of Muafakat Nasional, which comprises UMNO and PAS.

They did not speak to the press gathered there.

The country’s political impasse took another turn today when interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he has offered himself as a candidate to be the next prime minister and that he has the backing of Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Dr Mahathir, who is Bersatu chairman, had resigned as prime minister on Monday but was subsequently appointed as interim prime minister by the King.

In a statement issued this morning, Dr Mahathir also said he had never endorsed anyone else for the post of prime minister.

Today, PH also issued a statement declaring support for Dr Mahathir as the prime minister candidate. – Bernama