PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not discounting the possibility of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) nominating Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as its candidate for Prime Minister.
Speaking at a press conference after announcing the 2020 Economic Stimulus Package to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, here, today, the Interim Prime Minister informed that a special Dewan Rakyat session will convene on March 2 to decide which candidate commands the majority support from members of Parliament.
Dr Mahathir said the session was called after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah could not determine who commands the "distinct majority" among federal lawmakers.
“The King, as you know, has asked all the members of Parliament to make a statement because they had made a statutory declaration... But the King is not sure and that he wants them (the MPs) to make their statement in front of him," he said.
Dr Mahathir added that after two days of one-on-one sessions between MPs and the Ruler, the result was that he could not find anybody with a distinct majority.
Therefore, Dr Mahathir said according to Al-Sultan Abdullah, the right forum would be the Parliament.
Dr Mahathir also did not discount the possibility of a snap election if the Dewan Rakyat failed to find a candidate who commands the majority of support from MPs during the special sitting.
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir confirmed he is back as Bersatu chairman, after resigning from the post on Monday.