King says new PM must seek vote of confidence in parliament

THE Yang di-Pertuan Agong has decreed that the new prime minister must seek a vote of confidence as soon as possible.

In a statement today, Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said this was necessary to determine the legitimacy of the new premier.

He also said the King decreed that it should not be a winner takes all or loser loses all situation and that they should reach out and work together.

Fadil said the King will exercise his constitutional duty to the best of His Majesty’s ability in determining the next premier.

The King will also chair a special Conference of Rulers meeting this Friday to discuss “current affairs”, he added.

Yesterday, the King and his deputy met leaders of all major political parties.

Both rulers conveyed to the parties that the MPs have to work together to focus on the Covid-19 response and economic recovery.

“Before concluding the audience, His Majesty reminded the heads and representatives of major parties that to ensure harmony, the MPs who win must reach out to those who did not.

“Everyone should be working as a team. In other words, the winner does not win everything while the loser does not lose everything,” Fadil said in the statement.