Muhyiddin is Bersatu’s choice for PM

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Feb 28: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has nominated its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as its candidate for the prime minister post.

According to national daily, Malay Mail, the decision was reached after meeting with Gombak MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali this afternoon. It also reported that the ex-PKR faction led by Azmin also supported the nomination of Muhyiddin as prime minister and that it had joined PPBM.

With Azmin’s faction joining Bersatu, the numbers of seats held by the party are now up to 36.

Azmin had quit Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) as its deputy president earlier this week and has the support of 10 other MPs.

Among them were the MPs for Selangau Baru Bian, Saratok Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo Willie Mongin.

Earlier today, the Istana Negara announced that party leaders with representation in parliament would be given the opportunity to nominate an MP for the post of prime minister.

Yesterday, New Straits Times reported that interim Prime Minister and Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would support Muhyiddin as the candidate for the prime minister post if he was given full majority in the previously planned March 2 special parliamentary session. —DayakDaily