An Unexpected Twist

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in as the Malaysian Prime Minister on March 1. It is official that the former Deputy Prime Minister is now the Eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia, instead of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.


The decision was sort of unexpected as initially the political crisis was between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar.


Former PKR number two Datuk Seri Azmin Ali conducted the Sheraton Move which managed to gather 131 MPs to stand behind Tun M.



Today, Mahathir and Anwar have come together to table a no-confidence motion on Muhyiddin when Parliament resume on March 9.


Whereas, Azmin who was previously reported to be behind Mahathir has switched his stance. He is now supporting the new Perikatan Nasional government, which consists of Bersatu, Barisan Nasional, PAS and Azmin’s bloc.


It was not a smooth start for Muhyiddin as Malaysians have voiced their dissatisfaction towards the political manoeuvre made by Perikatan Nasional, labelling them as a backdoor government.



On Twitter, netizens have also started to use the hashtag ‘#notmyPM’ to voice their discontent towards Muhyiddin’s appointment.


Moreover, the media dug into Muhyiddin’s statement he made back in 2010 when he was the Deputy Prime Minister during the premiership of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.



Then, Muhyiddin said that he is a Malay first. Ironically, the statement also went against the then Barisan Nasional’s 1Malaysia campaign, which was to promote national unity.


Malaysia now has a new Prime Minister, but it is not the end of the political crisis. March 9 will decide on whether the people will choose Muhyiddin to lead the country.


The people voted for their MPs so that the MPs can represent their voices in the Parliament.


If Muhyiddin is able to garner over 112 MPs’ support or the motion of no confidence did not commence, then technically the people would have chosen Muhyiddin as their Prime Minister through the voice of their MPs.


But as a democratic country, Malaysians still have the power to decide on who should lead the country in the next general election.