PETALING JAYA: The flurry of activities over possible realignment of the country’s political landscape continues on Monday (Feb 24) with several events scheduled to take place.
Here is the timeline of the events:
12.17am: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation as Bersatu chairman has been rejected by the party’s supreme council.
Bersatu supreme council member Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen, who was met by reporters at Bersatu’s headquarters, said this after attending a special party meeting on Monday night.
“We want Dr Mahathir to continue leading Bersatu and our country to greater heights.”
Mohd Rafiq also said that that a group of Bersatu supreme council members is set to meet Dr Mahathir at his residence in Seri Kembangan on Tuesday (Feb 25) morning.
Asked if the meeting was agreed by Dr Mahathir, he merely said “we will try to arrange”.
Mohd Rafiq also said he could not disclose the exact time when they will be meeting Dr Mahathir.
11.23pm: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak leaves closed-door meeting between Umno and PAS without giving any statements. MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who there as an observer, said "the situation is very fluid, so we wait."
11pm: Transition plan an evil scheme to make Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad a "lame duck prime minister", claim ex-PKR MPs in a statement.
10.30pm: Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas says there is no time limit attached to the office of the interim premier, who may decide whether to appoint Cabinet members at his discretion, MalaysiaKini reported.
"An interim PM has all the powers attached to the office of prime minister. That includes appointing or not appointing cabinet members as he wishes.
"Because Dewan Rakyat sits from March 10, a confidence motion can be moved for him or anyone else. There is no time limit to the office of an interim prime minister. Hence to state there is a 10-day or any other definite period is wrong," Thomas was quoted saying by MalaysiaKini.
9.50pm: King consents to revoking DPM, Cabinet line-up. Mohd Zuki said the cancellation of the appointments are done on the advice of the Prime Minister as stated under Article 43(5) of the Federal Constitution.
9.40pm: Despite speculation of an exodus of MPs Bersatu, Dr Maszlee Malik says he will remain in the party. “I was just about to enter the Bersatu building. Why would I be quitting?”
He said this to reporters when met at the Bersatu headquarters at Yayasan Selangor Monday.
8.40pm: Several former PKR leaders who are aligned to Datuk Seri Azmin Ali have been spotted gathering at a hotel in PJ.
7.25pm: Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali announces that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has accepted Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's resignation as PM. The King has also appointed Dr Mahathir as interim PM until a new prime minister is appointed under Article 43(2)(a) of the Federal Constitution.
6.20pm: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad leaves Istana Negara after audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong
5.45pm: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah treats the media fraternity camping outside Istana Negara to KFC. The King's private secretary says the Yang di-Pertuan Agong himself ordered for food to be delivered to members of the media outside the Palace gates.
5.15pm: Lim Guan Eng maintains Pakatan Harapan still has majority support of MPs in Parliament.
4.45pm: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad resigned as Prime Minister because he refuses to work with Umno, adds that DAP will stand behind him. Lim also proposes emergency Pakatan presidential council meeting tonight.
4.40pm: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives at Istana Negara for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah after submitting his resignation as PM earlier in the afternoon.
4.35pm: Anwar: I appealed to Dr M to stay on as PM but he refused to be associated with past regime. When asked if he would still be the country's eighth prime minister, the lawmaker merely smiled and said: "We shall see."
4pm: Prime Minister's Office confirms Dr Mahathir is expected to meet with the King at 5pm. Amanah president Mohamad Sabu has come out in support of Dr Mahathir as the Prime Minister.
3.20pm: Azmin, Zuraida and several PKR MPs arrive at Dr M's residence in Seri Kembangan.
3.15pm: Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah have left the Palace, less than an hour after they arrived.
2.32pm: Anwar and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail have arrived at Istana Negara for their audience with the King.
2.18pm: PKR confirms deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin have been sacked from the party. Azmin, Zuraida and nine other PKR MPs aligned to his faction announce they are leaving PKR to form independent bloc
2.10pm: PMO confirms that Dr Mahathir has sent in his resignation letter to the King.
1.45pm: Reports surfacing that Dr Mahathir has sent in his resignation letter.
1.40pm: Saifuddin Nasution is expected to have a press conference with other leaders soon. Anwar will not be joining the press conference as he will be rushing to Istana Negara for a meeting at 2.30pm there.
12.45pm: Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrive at PKR headquarters for a special meeting with party leaders. Anwar told reporters waiting outside that he was satisfied with his meeting with Dr Mahathir.
12pm: Several PKR leaders and lawmakers have arrived at the party's headquarters for a special meeting, expected to begin at noon. Anwar and Dr Wan Azizah are expected to show up later. Top DAP leaders, including Lim Kit Siang, also gather at DAP headquarters for an emergency meeting.
10.30: PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail was absent from an event he was supposed to attend. He is instead represented by newly appointed secretary-general Datuk Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad.
10.25am: Anwar, Dr Wan Azizah and Guan Eng leave Putra Perdana after learning that Dr Mahathir is not at the office. It is believed that they are headed to the Prime Minister's house at the Mines, Kuala Lumpur. Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun had a 30-minute audience with state ruler Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir on Monday morning (Feb 24) at Istana Hinggap.
10am: Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has summoned all PKR state assemblymen to congregate at his official residence. He is expected to brief the Selangor Sultan after the meeting is over.
9.45am: Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad jokes at an event that this may be his last event as a minister.
9.26am: Anwar, along with Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Lim Guan Eng, arrive at the Prime Minister's Office at Putra Perdana, to meet with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
On Sunday (Feb 23), several key leaders of the ruling government parties and also from the Opposition attended a special meeting at a hotel in Petaling Jaya. It was a closed meeting, raising questions over the purpose of the meeting.
Before that, there had been separate meetings involving several political parties amid talk of a possible realignment of the country’s political landscape.
Party leaders were tight-lipped as to what was discussed at the closed-door meetings, in the federal capital and Petaling Jaya, which drew intense media attention.
Earlier on Sunday, Umno held a special supreme council meeting for about two hours from 4pm at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).
Bersatu also held a special meeting at the party headquarters at Menara Yayasan Selangor in Petaling Jaya, chaired by party chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who declined to comment when reporters swarmed around him as he left the premises.
Several MPs from political parties in Sabah and Sarawak also held meetings in the federal capital.
Istana Negara was also a hive of activity as many vehicles were seen entering the palace grounds from about 5.30pm on Sunday, some with police escort. These vehicles were seen leaving about two hours later.
Anwar during an event at his Bukit Segambut residence on Sunday night, said his side is awaiting information on what he described as an attempt to set up a new government.
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