Time to pick up the pieces — quotes from party leaders


AFTER an exhausting week, which left many emotionally drained and confused, all speculations and questions were quelled with the appointment of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) as the eighth prime minister (PM) yesterday.

The reactions to his appointment have been varied, with congratulatory notes from leaders of other countries including Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong, who said he is confident that Singapore’s longstanding and multi-faceted relationship with Malaysia will grow under Muhyiddin’s leadership, as well as Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

On the home front, comments have been shared by the public, as well as politicians from all sides as on various social media platforms.

Thank You Everyone — Dr Mahathir

After holding a press conference at his office in Kuala Lumpur yesterday morning, the seventh PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad uploaded a video on his Facebook account, with a caption “Thank you everyone”.

The video shows Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali trying to hug her husband, cajoled by others who told the couple to “not be shy”. The video has reached one million viewers as of yesterday.

Move On, Says Anwar

PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim did not seem to deny that the position was “stolen” from him, or PH.

“Clearly there was treachery, but as I said, we have to move on. Our economy is in a dire state, hence we need to refocus the economy.”

Close the Gap of Federal and State

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said Putrajaya must uphold the principle to bridge the differences between the federal and state governments.

“It is hoped that the government can close the gap between the rich and the poor, enhance educational level and work for fair development between the peninsular and Sabah and Sarawak.”

GPS Abang Johari: Give Muhyiddin chance

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Muhyiddin should be given chance to lead the country.

“We would like to emphasise that at this time, Sarawak’s interests are paramount.”

Azmin Applauds Appointment, Hints New Reform Agenda

Gombak MP Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the new line up is committed to uphold the Federal Constitution and Rukun Negara.

“We are committed towards the national agenda to drive economic resilience, guarantee prosperity, safeguard national security and sovereignty, strengthen people’s unity and enable institutional reform.”

Zahid Hamidi: Strengthen Economy and Reduce Urban Poverty

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called for various measures towards strengthening the economy, which also needs the support of all Malaysians irrespective of race and religion.

“We should come together and forget our differences. We must recover the economy in order to take care of the people’s welfare. Urban poverty should also be reduced.”

DAP Won’t Give Up

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said DAP, one major element of PH, will challenge Muhyiddin’s appointment according to the provision of the law.

“All members should remain calm for now and adhere to the party’s command,” the Penang DAP chairperson said.

Meanwhile, no comment has been shared by DAP’s top leaders at press time.