PMO debunks viral message claiming Muhyiddin stepping down as PM

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PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has debunked a viral message that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is resigning as premier.

In a brief response to reporters on Saturday (July 10), it disproved a message that claimed that Muhyiddin was supposedly stepping down after he and his Cabinet failed to control the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The message also claimed that the Cabinet collectively accepted the decision and told him to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to appoint a new Prime Minister.

Muhyiddin has been under severe pressure following the spike of cases in the country amid a lockdown since June, which has also caused economic difficulties for so many.

On Thursday (July 8), Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the party had decided to withdraw support for Muhyiddin as Prime Minister.

Ahmad Zahid said the decision was unanimously decided by the Umno supreme council after a virtual meeting on Wednesday (July 7) that stretched till the wee hours of Thursday (July 8).

On that note, another "statement" saying that Ahmad Zahid would be resigning as Umno president surfaced not long after.

The statement, purportedly by Umno secretary General Datuk Ahmad Maslan, claimed that Ahmad Zahid had sent in his resignation letter to the Umno headquarters.

The statement also had Ahmad Zahid thanking and sending his regards to all supreme council members.

Ahmad Maslan said that the media statement was fake.

"Maybe those who like to create fake news are stressed because of the PKP, PKPB, PKPD and SOP," he said in a post on Twitter.

He added that he was in the village clearing the bushes instead.

Umno has 38 MPs in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat, which includes nine ministers.

There are 220 MPs out of the 222-seat Parliament at present following the recent deaths of Batu Sapi MP Datuk Liew Vui Keong and Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman.

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