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Top Pakatan, Muafakat Nasional leaders having audience with Agong now…

Top Pakatan, Muafakat Nasional leaders having audience with Agong now…

PUCHONG: Several top leaders from both Pakatan Harapan and Muafakat Nasional are now in Istana Negara, having an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

A source close to Istana Negara confirmed that those present in the meeting with Sultan Abdullah are:

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Bersatu chairman)

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)

Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS president)

Earlier today, Mahathir held a private meeting with his party leaders at their headquarters in Yayasan Selangor.

He later headed to meet with Azmin, who then proceeded to Istana Negara.

The meetings today fuelled rumours that Bersatu, together with those aligned to Mahathir within Pakatan, may leave the ruling coalition to form a new pact with Umno and PAS.

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.

Commenting on the Umno meeting, party secretary general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that Zahid met up with party leaders to discuss ‘current political situation in the country.’

“And the supreme council has given Zahid mandate to take the necessary action required for the sake of the country,” he said.  after the special meeting at Menara Dato’ Onn in Kuala Lumpur today.

The Ketereh MP, however, refused to divulge on other details, claiming ignorance.

By Irman Hashim and G Vinod