The biggest players in Malaysia’s political scene have been called for an audience with the King.
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Rumours and theories are in abundance as to why the Yang di-Pertuan Agong called for a series of high-level meetings with major political leaders starting today at the Istana Negara.
It was reported that Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had granted audiences to discuss the current political landscape in the light of a possible new political landscape and the ongoing Emergency Proclamation that is due to expire in August.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong first. Muhyiddin arrived at Istana Negara in a black Toyota Alphard at 7:49 am and left at about 8:55am.
According to the Istana Negara official Facebook, it was a routine pre-cabinet meeting to discuss and exchange views on governmental related issues.
KEADILAN president, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim held a brief press conference after his meeting with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at 11.53am. He arrived at Istana negara in a Black Jaguar XJ.
He said the issue of the formation of a new government was not raised. However, he pleaded for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to not extend the proclamation of emergency beyond 1 August.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng was sighted entering the Istana Negara Grounds at 1.57pm. DAP Bukit Mertajam MP, Steven Sim Chee Keong was spotted in the front seat of the white Toyota Vellfire.
“Tuanku is our hope because Parliament is not held, there is no room for the people to air their problems,” said Guan Eng to reporters after his audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Amanah president Mohamad Sabu was spotted entering the Istana Negara compound at 3pm in a white Honda CR-V.
About an hour later, he told the media: “I asked for Parliament to be reopened so that we can have a sitting.
“This is because the rakyat want to know what is the government’s programmes to address Covid-19. But for us, Parliament is closed when Covid-19 worsens.”
Meanwhile Istana Negara put out a statement saying that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah will convene for a Conference of Rulers on 16 June.
Efforts to handle the Covid-19 pandemic and its implementation during the emergency will be on the agenda.
The Special Conference is the second of its like at the Istana Negara since His Majesty ascended to the throne as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 31 January, 2019.
The first was held on 12 October 2020.
Istana Negara Comptroller Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin in the press release said that the conference is initiated by His Majesty and will be chaired by His Majesty.
Among other political leaders who have received an invitation for an audience with the King but have yet to meet him are:
- Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) pro-term chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He is said to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Thursday.
- PAS party president, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan confirmed the matter but could not confirm when the meeting would take place.
- The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) president and Sarawak Chief Minister, Abang Johari Openg said that he has been granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Monday next week via video conferencing. Source: Malaysia Now.
- TheVibes reported that according to their sources, Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
- It was said that the Sabah opposition leader left for Kuala Lumpur last night but could not confirm the time of his meeting.