Malaysian PM Rejects Mounting Calls To Quit
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Wed 04th August 2021 | 12:10 PM
Kuala Lumpur, Aug 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Aug, 2021 ) :Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin refused to yield to mounting calls to quit Wednesday but said he would face a no-confidence vote in parliament in September.
The latest blow came Tuesday when several members of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the biggest party in his coalition, publicly pulled their support, and a cabinet minister resigned from his post.
UMNO leaders said the withdrawal of support means Muhyiddin no longer commands a majority in parliament.
"In the meeting, I informed the king that I have sufficient declaration letters which has convinced me that I still have the confidence of the majority of MPs in the parliament at the moment," he said in a televised address.
"Hence the stepping down of myself as prime minister under the constitution... does not arise," he added.
Malaysia's premier took power last year at the head of a scandal-hit coalition but his government is in crisis after key allies withdrew support, and he has been heavily criticised for his handling of a worsening coronavirus outbreak.
The country has recorded 17,105 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, raising the infection total to 1,163,291, with more than 9,500 deaths.
Political activities had been suspended under a state of emergency, ostensibly to fight the coronavirus outbreak. The emergency officially ended on Sunday, although a nationwide lockdown remains in place.