Saturday, February 29, 2020

Courts can order that Muhyiddin not exercise his powers as PM, for failing to properly advice the Agong: Mahathir's claim that he was counted among Muhyiddin's supporters cannot be ignored, Agong may be unable to swear-in Muhyiddin's Cabinet

by Ganesh Sahathevan

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be sworn in as the eighth prime minister at 10.30am tomorrow (March 1), Istana Negara has announced.

The Yang DiPertuan Agong has exercised his prerogative and declared that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be Malaysia's eight Prime Minister.
However the Interim Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad has since issued a statement which states that the information provided the Agong was tainted and  that it even counted Mahathir, the other contender for the post of PM, among those who support Muhyiddin's appointment .The relevant part of Mahathri's statement says(in Malay):

Given the circumstances it is not unlikely that a Court order may be obtained to prevent Muhyiddin from exercising any powers as PM, even after he is sworn in.That can include presenting the Agong with the names of his proposed Cabinet. Even if presented the Agong may find himself unable to accept advice that is tainted.
Muhyiddin may find himself PM in name only.


Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian shown in a video clip declaring support for Dr Mahathir Mohamad this evening.

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