Mahathir Mohamad wants the House meeting to prove the majority claim of the new Prime Minister
KUALA LUMPUR: Mahathir Mohamad He called for an urgent meeting of the Malaysian parliament on Sunday to challenge the appointment of a former ally as prime minister under a Malaysian majority coalition that could further divide the nation after the collapse of Mahathir's multiracial reformist alliance.
Muhyiddin Yassin, who once joked that he is Malay first and Malaysian second, he swore as a new PM in the palace on Sunday after obtaining the support of several opposition parties. Among the supporters was the corrupt, who was overthrown by Mahathir in a historic vote in 2018.
The king said Saturday that he believed Muhyiddin had majority support from parliamentarians and appointed him the new prime minister. But the Mahathir camp has challenged that claim, saying that the 94-year-old prime minister has the backing of 114 legislators to return as prime minister for the third time, surpassing the 112 votes needed for a simple majority. Mahathir said Sunday that the palace had refused to listen to him. He requested an urgent session of the lower house of parliament to prove Muhyiddin's claim of majority support. The house will resume on March 9, but Mahathir said it could be delayed.
“People on our side can be offered to be ministers. They can be offered other things ... We feel we have 114, but after the actions taken by these rich and powerful people, we may not have 114, he said. Keep Parliament sitting now. Already, two of the parliamentarians among the 114 have refused to support Mahathir.