Malaysian Cabinet Minister Mohamad Redzuan Mohamad Yusof, confirmed that Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin intends to submit his resignation from his post on Monday.
Redzuan said, “Muhyiddin will submit his resignation to the king on Monday, as he informed his party members of his decision to resign because he had exhausted all other options to preserve the government.”
“Tomorrow, there will be a special Cabinet meeting. After that, he is expected to have an audience with the King and present his resignation,” Mr Redzuan told The Associated Press.
Muhyiddin took office in March 2020 and pressure escalated for him to resign recently, after some MPs from the United Malaysian Organization Party – the largest bloc in the ruling coalition – withdrew their support for him.
If Mr Muhyiddin steps down on Monday and it is accepted by the palace, it will spark fresh political uncertainties and the second change of government in Malaysia since the pandemic began last year.
“It is up to the King to use his wisdom to make a decision,” Mr Redzuan added.
More than a dozen politicians from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest party in the ruling alliance, have pulled their support for the government, which is enough to cause its collapse because of its razor-thin majority. Two UMNO ministers have resigned from the Cabinet.
Under Malaysia’s constitution, the prime minister must resign if he loses majority support and the king can appoint a new leader who he believes has the confidence of Parliament.