KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 29 — Parti Warisan Sabah today maintained its previous stand to continue backing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the next prime minister.
The Sabah-based party, which has nine MPs, became the latest to publicly affirm its support for Dr Mahathir after he announced this morning that he has the numbers to be the next prime minister.
“Parti Warisan Sabah is consistent with the stand before this which is to support Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister,” the party said in a statement following the party’s leadership meeting today.
Following the meeting, Warisan secretary-general Datuk Loretto Padua was quoted saying in the statement that the party is maintaining its previous position of supporting Dr Mahathir as the prime minister.
At the time of the Warisan statement, it was still unclear if Dr Mahathir or his rival contender Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had garnered majority support from MPs for the prime minister post as there were still many MPs’ whose positions were not publicly known.
The Istana Negara has since announced that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has determined in his judgment that Muhyiddin was likely to command the confidence of the majority of MPs to be the next prime minister, basing this on nominations received by the palace from independent MPs and the leaders of political parties with MPs.
The Istana Negara also said Muhyiddin will be sworn in as the nation’s eighth prime minister in a ceremony at 10.30am tomorrow at the palace.