KL Parliament sitting put off to May 18

Malaysia's new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves to media after his inauguration ceremony as the country's eighth prime minister, on March 1, 2020.
Malaysia's new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves to media after his inauguration ceremony as the country's eighth prime minister, on March 1, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's next parliamentary sitting has been postponed to May 18, giving new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin another two months to shore up support before his majority in the Lower House is put to the test.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin was sworn in as premier on Sunday after a week-long political crisis, during which his new coalition, Perikatan Nasional, vied with the former ruling pact Pakatan Harapan (PH) to nominate a leader who could form a government. Opposition politicians yesterday said an urgent meeting of the Lower House should be called, to confirm Mr Muhyiddin's legitimacy as the country's leader.

Mr Muhyiddin has yet to form a Cabinet and, as such, there would be no legislative agenda before lawmakers, even if Parliament were to sit next Monday, the original date set by the former administration.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2020, with the headline 'KL Parliament sitting put off to May 18'. Print Edition | Subscribe