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PRIME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin promised to appoint Cabinet members of calibre, who have integrity and a clean track record.
Muhyiddin, who was sworn in as the eighth prime minister (PM) on Sunday, said he is aware that the people want a clean and corrupt-free government, one that works with integrity.
“The government that I lead will also prioritise efforts to enhance integrity and good governance,” he said in his maiden address to the nation, titled “An Appeal to Malaysians”, and aired over all local television networks.
Muhyiddin said this include efforts to eradicate corruption and abuse of power by enhancing enforcement and empowering relevant laws, regulations and practices.
The PM said he understands that what the people desire is for a caring and an efficient government capable of solving their problems.
“You need money for your daily necessities, to buy books and your children’s schooling necessities, to pay your water and electric bills and your house rental, to cover your car and housing loans and other needs of the family.”
Muhyiddin went on to say that health services, education and the implementation of the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 would also be given focus.
The Pagoh MP said he was appointed as the PM after receiving the majority support of the MPs.
“I realise that my appointment was not by way of an election. Instead, I was appointed after getting the majority support of the members of the Dewan Rakyat.”
Muhyiddin said his appointment is a practice that is provided for by the Federal Constitution in compliance with the principle of parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.
“I know some people are angry with me. As expected, some quarters have labelled me a traitor. Hear me out. I am not a traitor.
“My conscience is clear that my being here is to save the nation from a prolonged crisis.”
Muhyiddin appealed to the rakyat to give him the opportunity to use his 40 years of political and government experience to steer the nation towards greater glory.
“I offer my heart and soul for the nation. I ask you brothers and sisters to give your full support to me to shoulder this trust and heavy responsibility.” — Bernama