Anwar, DPM to meet Agong tomorrow, MIC says Azmin is no more PKR member

Anwar, DPM to meet Agong tomorrow, MIC says Azmin is no more PKR member

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her husband, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim have been granted an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah tomorrow.

Speaking to The Leaders Online, a source close to Anwar said that the meeting between the PKR stalwarts and Sultan Abdullah is scheduled to take place at 2pm, at Istana Negara.

“It seems that Sultan Abdullah was not convinced with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claims that he commands majority support from Dewan Rakyat members.

“I was also informed that the Ruler is not ruling the possibility of calling for a fresh general election,” the source said.

The meeting between Sultan Abdullah and the PKR leaders was also confirmed by Anwar’s political secretary, Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak.

“The meeting was planned in advance,” he told Malaysiakini.

At 6pm today, several top leaders from both Pakatan Harapan and Muafakat Nasional had an audience with Sultan Abdullah.

The meeting was speculated to be about Mahathir forming a new coalition to administer the nation, with Muafakat Nasional and several leaders from Pakatan defecting from Anwar to side the premier.

Those in the meeting were Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (Bersatu president), Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Umno president), Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR deputy president), Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (Gabungan Parti Sarawak president), Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (Parti Warisan Sabah president) and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS president).

So far, the leaders have remained mum on their meeting with Sultan Abdullah.

Last Friday, the Pakatan leadership had decided to allow Mahathir to announce his own retirement date, as opposed to quitting in May.

It was said that the ruling coalition decided against pressuring Mahathir after the latter said that he had Statutory Declarations from 138 MPs to support his leadership, adding that he would not hesitate to form a new pact with the opposition to continue running the country.

On related matter, MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran told the press that Azmin is no longer with PKR.

The Dewan Negara president also claimed that Bersatu may leave Pakatan anytime soon.

“As far as I know, Azmin has come out from PKR. Bersatu may also come out of Pakatan.

“That’s all. Forming the government – I don’t know yet. That one you must ask Mahathir,” he said when met by reporters.

Meanwhile, The Leaders Online was informed that DAP would be holding an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss the recent turn of events.

By Hema Subramaniam and G Vinod