After fervently supporting Tun Dr Mahathir as the country's leader for months, in an abrupt move, UMNO and PAS have retracted their support for the interim Prime Minister
According to a live report by Malaysiakini, UMNO and PAS said Dr Mahathir wanted a government that is based on individuals - not along party lines.
UMNO secretary-general Annuar Musa said the current interim Prime Minister plans to continue working with DAP, something which is against the conditional support UMNO and PAS have given to Dr Mahathir.
"As such, the support we gave to Dr Mahathir to form a coalition without DAP, we are forced to take it back," said Annuar
Due to the change of circumstances, Annuar told Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah that they want the Parliament to be dissolved.
According to him, UMNO and PAS are now demanding for a snap election.
"We should go back to the polls and let the people decide. The people's mandate should not be neglected," said Annuar, reported The Star.
Previously, former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Dr Mahathir resigned because the latter refused to work with "corrupt" UMNO
"Dr Mahathir clearly stated that he cannot work with UMNO when we worked so hard to reject UMNO succesfully in the 2018 general election," New Straits Times reported Lim as saying yesterday, 24 February.
He went on to say that it is the first time in history that a Prime Minister resigned based on the principle of upholding integrity and combatting corruption, reported The Edge Markets.
"DAP commends Tun's principled position of refusing to work with an UMNO whose leaders are involved in corrupt practices and misrule causing Malaysia to be labelled as a 'global kleptocracy at its worst'."
Earlier this morning, 25 February, Annuar claimed that UMNO has enough support to form a new government: