Interim PM claims merely talk, says Ismail Sabri

BERA (Bernama): Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob described claims that he would be appointed interim prime minister as mere talk on media portals and social media.

The Deputy Prime Minister said Sunday (Aug 1) that such speculation was probably ignited to muddle the ongoing situation or split the government that is making efforts to resolve the bigger problem of containing the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the people.

"I was also made to understand that in the Federal Constitution, there is no term such as interim prime minister or government... I feel such talk should not be entertained, especially when there are parties trying to divide us because if we do (entertain), the situation will worsen.

"Don’t get caught up too much with what’s being bandied about because the right thing to do now is to calm the situation. Let us all unite as we have bigger responsibilities. Why don’t we just focus on that,” he said.

Ismail Sabri, who is also Defence Minister, was speaking to reporters after handing out food baskets to the needy at the Charuk Puting mosque and also after inspecting the Guai bridge project here Sunday.

He was commenting on reports in media portals on Saturday (July 31) that he has strong support among Cabinet ministers to be appointed interim prime minister to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, with further claims that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) leadership were currently discussing this possibility. - Bernama

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