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Muhyiddin is still PM, says Malaysia's Attorney-General

KUALA LUMPUR — Mr Muhyiddin Yassin remains Malaysia’s prime minister by law until and unless another Member of Parliament (MP) can prove he or she has majority support of the Dewan Rakyat, the country’s Attorney-General Idrus Harun said on Thursday (July 8).

This handout photo from Malaysia's Department of Information taken and released on Nov 26, 2020 shows Malaysia's prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin waving as he arrives for a session at the Malaysian Parliament in Kuala Lumpur.

This handout photo from Malaysia's Department of Information taken and released on Nov 26, 2020 shows Malaysia's prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin waving as he arrives for a session at the Malaysian Parliament in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR — Mr Muhyiddin Yassin remains Malaysia’s prime minister by law until and unless another Member of Parliament (MP) can prove he or she has majority support of the Dewan Rakyat, the country’s Attorney-General Idrus Harun said on Thursday (July 8).

“As of now, the government does not have any clear evidence to show that Muhyiddin has lost the confidence of the majority of the Dewan Rakyat members.

“Based on Article 43(2)(1) of the federal constitution, the lawmaker who has the confidence of the majority of Dewan Rakyat members is determined by the lawmakers themselves and not through a statement of any political party or leader of any political party.

“As such, in the eyes of the law, the prime minister and cabinet are still empowered as the executive of the federation,” Mr Idrus said in a statement.

On Wednesday night, the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) Supreme Council demanded Mr Muhyiddin’s resignation, after a meeting that lasted four hours.

The council also decided that Umno will withdraw its support for Mr Muhyiddin as prime minister immediately, to be replaced with an interim prime minister until the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control, after which a general election must be held.

Reporters asked the Prime Minister’s Office earlier on Thursday if a response would be forthcoming, but there has been no official comment.

On Thursday morning, Mr Idrus’s car was among several vehicles seen at Mr Muhyiddin’s residence at Bukit Damansara, where Mr Muhyiddin also met with several ministers.

Umno has 38 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat and if all abide with the Supreme Council’s decision, Mr Muhyiddin would lose his majority in Parliament.

However, the council’s decision to withdraw support for Mr Muhyiddin is said to have further divided the party, which has factions both for and against continued co-operation with Mr Muhyiddin and Perikatan Nasional.

In the cabinet, Umno has nine MPs who are ministers and eight who are deputy ministers. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

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