Sec-gen denies PAS MPs signed SD for Muhyiddin for PM

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  • Thursday, 27 Feb 2020

Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan

PETALING JAYA: It is not true that PAS MPs have signed a statutory declaration saying they support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for Prime Minister, says the PAS secretary-general.

“The report is totally untrue, ” said Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.

“Umno and PAS have agreed that the consensus is for dissolution of Parliament, as we said in our press conference yesterday (Feb 26), after our audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“All official statements pertaining to PAS stand can only come in written form from either party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang or the secretary-general, which is me, ” he told The Star on Thursday (Feb 27).

He also tweeted the same.

Takiyuddin was denying reports that PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had said that all PAS and Umno MPs have signed an SD in support of Muhyiddin, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president, as their candidate for prime minister.

He said that PAS and Umno had initially signed a statutory declaration in support of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad continuing as prime minister.

“When Dr Mahathir announced his resignation and refused to give positions, Muafakat Nasional (the Umno-PAS alliance) signed an SD for Muhyiddin.

“But if there isn't a clear (Parliament) majority, we propose Parliament be dissolved, ” he said.

Tuan Ibrahim's comments come after the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government when Bersatu – which has 26 MPs – pulled out of the coalition and 11 PKR MPs resigned from their party.

Dr Mahathir, who resigned and was then appointed as interim Prime Minister on Monday (Feb 24), on Wednesday (Feb 26) in a televised address to the nation said that he hopes to lead a non-partisan administration which prioritises the national interest.

“Rightly or wrongly, politics and political parties must be set aside for the time being, ” he said.

The remaining parties in Pakatan – PKR, DAP and Amanah – meanwhile said that they nominated Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as their prime minister candidate after Dr Mahathir failed to turn up for a presidential council meeting on Tuesday (Feb 25).

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