Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today said he still commands the majority support from MPs to lead the country.
In a televised address to the nation to clarify the status of his administration's validity, the premier said he would prove the majority in the Parliamentary sitting in September.
"Yesterday, I received a letter from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which said that eight Umno MPs have pulled back their support for me.
"In the letter, His Majesty had cited provisions from the constitution that said that he has to appoint a prime minister who enjoys the majority support of MPs, and a premier that no longer commands majority support from parliamentarians must resign and dissolve his cabinet, unless upon his request, the Parliament is dissolved by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong," the Pagoh MP said.
Following the letter, Muhyiddin was summoned to have an audience with the King at Istana Negara earlier today.
"In the audience, I told the King that I have received a set of declarations which convince me that I still command the majority support of MPs.
"Therefore, the issue of me resigning does not arise," Muhyiddin said.
According to him further, he assured the Agong that he would test his majority via a confidence vote, when the Parliament reconvenes next month.
"Through this way, the legitimacy of my position and my government can be proven according to the law, and constitution."
The King had also consented to this suggestion, Muhyiddin stressed.
Meanwhile, it will be business as usual for the government, he assured.
The legitimacy of Muhyiddin's government came into question after Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the party had withdrawn support for the Perikatan Nasional federal government.
Zahid claimed that he had sufficient number of statutory declarations (SDs) by Umno MPs who have quit supporting Muhyiddin, and said that the list had been presented to the Ruler.
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