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VIPs arrive at Istana Negara, Dr M may follow suit

VIPs arrive at Istana Negara, Dr M may follow suit

PETALING JAYA: More than 20 vehicles belonging to VIPs were seen entering the Istana Negara an hour ago, heavily escorted by the police.

Malay daily Berita Harian said the vehicles, among them were Proton Perdana and Toyota Alphard, were seen entering the palace at about 5.30pm.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was seen arriving at Istana Negara in a helicopter at about 4pm after attending a gold tournament in Shah Alam.

It was speculated that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali would be having an audience with Sultan Abdullah.

Earlier today, Bersatu leaders, including Mahathir, held a private meeting at its headquarters at Yayasan Selangor.

The meeting ended earlier just now but Mahathir did not divulge any details to the press. He was said to be heading to meet PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also holding a secret meeting with those aligned to him at the Sheraton Hotel Petaling Jaya.

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.

By G Vinod