King accepts Muhyiddin's resignation, says general election not best option for now
16 Aug 2021
By Ilona Andrew
KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah has accepted the resignation of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister and his entire Cabinet, effective immediately.
The National Palace's Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Dato' Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the King also stated that the implementation of the 15th General Election is not the best option for now considering the welfare and safety of the people.
"Following the resignation, His Majesty has agreed for Muhyiddin to carry out his duties as caretaker Prime Minister until a new Prime Minister is appointed.
"This is in line with Article 40 (2) (a) and 43 (2) (a) of the Federal Constitution which states that His Majesty shall appoint a Member of the Dewan Rakyat who in his opinion may gain the confidence of the majority of the members as the new Prime Minister to chair the Cabinet.
"His Majesty also expressed his appreciation to Muhyiddin and the Cabinet for their service and governance that has been under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) alliance starting March 1, 2020, especially in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
"As the Head of State, His Majesty understands and respects the country's legal system and process as well as respects any decision made by Muhyiddin based on the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and the Rule of Law," he said in a statement today.
Earlier, the King also accepted to meet the Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali; Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun and Election Commission (EC) Chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh at 11am.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Fadil explained that His Majesty expressed hope that the endless political crisis that has disrupted the smooth governance of this country can be ended for the welfare of the people and the country's economy.
His Majesty also called on the people to remain calm and pray for protection and that the pandemic can be curbed immediately, he said.