Istana Negara: No one has majority support, party leaders to nominate PM

Istana Negara: No one has majority support, party leaders to nominate PM

PUCHONG: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah ibni Almarhum Sultan Ahmad Shah could not find a single MP who commands majority support at the Dewan Rakyat.

This came after the Ruler spent several days interviewing all 222 MPs in person for the last two days.

“And the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had also consented to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof’s decision to not call for a special sitting at the Parliament on Monday,” said the Comptroller of the Royal Family and Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin in a statement.

Since the Pakatan Harapan government collapsed, Sultan Abdullah had been holding personal interview sessions with all MPs to determine who commands majority support to become the next prime minister.

While the interview process was on-going, Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he would call for special Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday to decide on the matter.

However, his plan was criticised by both Pakatan Harapan and Muafakat Nasional who urged Mahathir not to pre-empt Sultan Abdullah or the Council or Rulers on the matter.

Earlier today, the Council of Rulers met at the Istana Negara to find a solution to the current political stalemate.

At the same time, Ariff rejected Mahathir’s call for a special Dewan Rakyat sitting, saying that the latter’s letter was not line with House Standing Order and urged for him to wait for Sultan Abdullah’s instruction.

On the next course of action, Fadil said that Sultan Abdullah would summon top leaders of respective political parties to determine who has the most support to become prime minister.

“With this, the Ruler would also like to extend his appreciation to all MPs, Chief Secretary to the Government and others who were involved in the interview process,” he said.

By G Vinod