Malaysian PM Muhyiddin to address nation at 1230

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 – Malaysian prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will address the nation at 1230 local time, he said in a social media post after a key coalition withdrew support for the government and calls for him to step down. Muhyiddin has been under increasing pressure to quit after Malaysia's king issued a rare rebuke of a government move to revoke emergency laws without his approval, an act the palace said ran counter to the constitution last week. Some allies accused Muhyiddin of treason, while opposition lawmakers have urged him to step down for disrespecting the King. Malaysia is a multi-ethnic monarchy and the king is revered by the constitution's citizens in Malaysia. Muhyiddin has led a razor-thin majority and governed an unstable coalition since coming to power in March 2020. The United Malays National Organisation Party, the biggest bloc in Muhyiddin's ruling alliance, again suspended support for him and said he had lost legitimacy to govern. The party is divided to the support of Muhyiddin, however. Muhyiddin announced last month that it had pulled its support for UMNO, but its cabinet ministers did not quit.