PETALING JAYA: Following the appointment of the new prime minister, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member Wan Saiful Wan Jan says the country must move on to rebuild the nation following the end of a “sad chapter” in the country’s political history.
“I hope the latest announcement on the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyiddin (Yassin) will be the conclusion of a sad chapter in the country’s political (scene) and mark the continuation of efforts to rebuild the country.
“The leaders who have received this new trust (amanah) must ensure that the deeds of the public figures before them must be remembered and appreciated.
“It is a heavy responsibility they have to undertake – which is to unite the country, (and to) ensure that the diversity of ethnicity and religion in Malaysia be restored to become a reason for our strength, ” he said in a press statement on Saturday (Feb 29).
His statement comes following the Istana Negara’s announcement that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president is to be appointed the eighth prime minister.
After receiving representations from both sides, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has determined that Muhyiddin is “most likely to command a majority, ” the Istana said in a statement on Saturday (Feb 29).
Muhyiddin will be sworn in as the eighth prime minister at 10.30am on March 1, Istana Negara has announced.
Wan Saiful, who is also the National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) chairman, added that no one should be left behind or excluded from efforts to rebuild the country.
The party, he added, must also close ranks and “be united, with strict discipline and with a more organised party machinery”.
Wan Saiful had previously urged support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in forming a unity government to ensure political stability.
"This is not the time to blame anyone and not the time for personal interest. We must put aside all differences of opinions so that we can solve our problems. Put the nation's interest first," he had said.