Muhyiddin ready to quit as PN chairman after polls defeat

JOHOR BAHRU: Perikatan Nasional chairman Muhyiddin Yassin said tonight he is willing to resign following the coalition’s poor showing in the Johor state elections.
Based on official results, the bloc that once led the federal government won only three seats in the 56-member state legislative assembly.

At a press conference here tonight, the former prime minister said he was prepared to step down from his post if that is what the party wants.

Muhyiddin said that he took responsibility for PN’s defeat. “Whether we win or lose, I am responsible. If anyone is upset, I have done my best,” he said.

“I’m ready (to step down) at any time party members decide. The decision would be made by fellow leaders of PN. We practise a progressive system. The chairmanship is not mine by right, but based on the party leadership’s decision,” he said.

Official results show that BN won 40 seats in the 56-seat state assembly, while PN won just three. It had previously held 12 seats.

Muhyiddin said that he could not identify why the turnout in Johor was lower than in the Melaka elections. “I’m not sure why that happened. There were some concerns with Omnicron, but we will take a closer look,” he said.

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