Muhyiddin rallies to support Anwar in first appearance after surgery

PORT DICKSON: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last night made his first public speech in three months after recovering from his illness.

The PPBM president was in Port Dickson to campaign for Pakatan Harapan candidate for the constituency Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, despite not being in his best shape.

“I have not spoken in public for about three months because I am quite sick. This is the first time I have left Kuala Lumpur because I want to show my support for our candidate here.

“I told Anwar earlier that I'm here not just because I want him to win, but to show that the PH leadership is strong together,” he said at a PH ceramah after attending prayers at a mosque, here.

The 71-year-old PH deputy president added that he had attended yesterday's programme to make up for his absence at the mega ceramah held by the coalition on Monday, which featured Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I was missing that night due to certain reasons. But today I am here to state my support and to pray that Anwar and PH do well in this by-election,” he said.

Muhyiddin had in July undergone surgery in Singapore to remove a pancreatic tumour which was detected at an early stage, and was on a month-long leave from office.

His swearing in to parliament as the MP for Pagoh was also postponed for almost a month.

Speaking at the ceramah, Muhyiddin also urged the rakyat to be patient as the government attempts to fulfil all its election promises.

He added that while it was impossible for PH to fulfil the entirety of its manifesto, it would still achieve a huge chunk of it.

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“We are only five months in. It's too short a period of time to judge us. We guarantee we will not run away from our promises.

“God willing, we have one term to accomplish our manifesto, and we are certain under Mahathir and Anwar that we will be able to fulfil the majority of our promises,” he said.

Also present was Negri Sembilan PPBM chairman Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim.

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