Although Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is recuperating from an illness, it didn’t stop him from travelling to the coastal town and lend his support to Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Pic by NSTP/IQMAL HAQIM ROSMAN

PORT DICKSON: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this is the first time in three months that he has stepped out of Kuala Lumpur since undergoing treatment.

Muhyiddin, who is on the mend from a surgery to remove a pancreatic growth, said he made the trip to show his undivided support for Pakatan Harapan candidate, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“I have not given a speech in public for over three months because of my illness.”

“This is also the first time I stepped out of Kuala Lumpur,” he said at a ceramah at Bagan Pinang mosque here tonight.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president said he regretted not being able to attend a mega ceramah by party chair Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Monday.

“But I am here now to give my full and undivided support to Anwar,” he said.

The Home Minister was on medical leave for a month following his surgery in Singapore in July.

He reported back to work in August, before Dr Mahathir hinted on his illness, saying he may or may not need chemotherapy.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said the fact that Anwar “will be made the eighth prime minister was statutory.”

He said this was because a consensus had been reached on the matter.

“When the time is right and after some meetings, Anwar will take over as prime minister.”

“That has been made statutory through the consensus of our top leaders.

“But I am here now to give my full and undivided support to Anwar,” Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. Pic by NSTP/IQMAL HAQIM ROSMAN

“And Pakatan Harapan is on the road towards realising this consensus through this by-election,” he said.

Muhyiddin also said that Anwar is the right man to spur Port Dickson’s growth into more than just a tourist spot.

He arrived in the evening to host a special prayer session to seek a victory for Pakatan Harapan.

A total of 300 supporters attended the session which started during Maghrib prayer and ended at 9pm.

The by-election has been deemed a litmus test for Anwar who is engaged in a seven-way fight with former Negri Sembilan menteri besar Tan Sri Isa Samad, among others.

While analysts said his chances of winning are high, the increasing likelihood of poor voter turnout may not give him a strong majority, befitting of a prime minister-in-waiting.

Muhyiddin was accompanied by Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, the PPBM chief for the Negri Sembilan chapter.

Anwar arrived during the prayers to greet Muhyiddin. Also present was PKR deputy president and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

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