PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin claims he had received pressure from “certain parties” to intervene in the matters of the court in order to set several individuals free from criminal charges.
In a national address, he said these individuals were uneasy over his strict stand in refusing to entertain their demands.
“This includes pressure for me to intervene in the matters of the court to release several individuals who are being charged with criminal offences,” he said.
Umno MPs who are currently facing court charges include party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, former president Najib Razak, secretary-general Ahmad Maslan, Bung Moktar Radin and Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
Najib had also been found guilty of corruption in connection with RM42 million belonging to former 1MDB unit SRC International. He still faces charges involving the main 1MDB trial.
Claiming that he still held the majority support of MPs to lead the country, Muhyiddin said the Cabinet and government machinery will continue to perform their duties, especially in managing the pandemic.
He assured that the vaccination programme will not be disrupted and will continue as planned, while aid measures announced for the people will continue to be distributed.
“I urge all civil servants, especially frontliners, to stay strong in performing your tasks and responsibilities without being affected by this political turmoil that was intentionally sparked by certain parties.
“I will not sacrifice my principles nor go back on my oath to conduct all my responsibilities honestly, with loyalty to the King and country, and to preserve, protect and defend the constitution.”
By : Nicholas Chung – FMT