King to meet brother rulers tomorrow over Malaysia’s political imbroglio

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong will meet the Malay rulers tomorrow morning to discuss the political imbroglio, and who will be Malaysia’s next Prime Minister.

The meeting would take place at 10.30am at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

Both Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) have not been able to secure a simple majority to form the next government – an unprecedented event in the nation’s history that is set to trigger a constitutional crisis, if unresolved.

The Agong, upon consultation with his brother rulers, can name the prime minister whom he thinks has the support of the majority, as stated in the Federal Constitution.

In 2020, several lawmakers abandoned PH and joined forces with BN to take over Putrajaya. In an unprecedented move then, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah interviewed MPs privately and got them to answer several questions, including who was the right person to lead the country.

This resulted in Muhyiddin being named the country’s eighth prime minister.

When Muhyiddin stepped down last year, the rulers met again, before Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was named the nation’s ninth prime minister.

PN chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and PH leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim were summoned to Istana Negara yesterday.

Following their audience with Al-Sultan Abdullah, Anwar said that His Highness had expressed his desire that a strong, formidable government that is more inclusive in terms of race, religion, and region, be formed.

Muhyiddin, however, rejected the suggestion by the King for the two coalitions to form a unity government.

Istana Negara, in a statement this afternoon, said Al-Sultan Abdullah met representatives from Barisan Nasional and Gabungan Parti Sarawak individually earlier today.

The special meeting among the Malay rulers tomorrow is to obtain views for the Agong to make a decision that is best for the people and the nation.

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