Live updates: Pakatan has enough MPs to form the govt, says Khalid Samad

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: The flurry of activity over the possible realignment of the country’s political landscape continues on Tuesday (Feb 25) with several events scheduled to take place.

Here is the timeline:

8.43pm: Despite the recent exit of 37 MPs from Pakatan, Amanah says the coalition still has sufficient number of MPs to form the government.

"Sufficient," said Amanah communications director Khalid Abdul Samad briefly when quizzed by reporters if Pakatan has the support of a simple majority of 112 MPs.

Khalid was present at the Pakatan presidential council meeting at Merchant Square, which was attended by top leaders from DAP, PKR and Amanah.

6.50pm: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who was also at the special press conference, said the party presidential meeting had unanimously decided that the power to decide should be returned to the people.

He said the political crisis was "self inflicted" by Pakatan, which saw its collapse. He said the party's priority is in forming a strong coalition to help the country enjoy stability.

6.40pm: "We should go back to the polls and let the people decide. The people's mandate should not be neglected. We ask that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong allows for the Parliament to be dissolved," said Annuar Musa.

6.37pm: In audience with the King, Barisan Nasional, PAS and PBRS MPs unanimously state that they want a dissolution of Parliament, said Annuar Musa.

6.30pm: Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said in a special press conference that Umno is ready to support Dr Mahathir if he forms a new coalition on the condition that DAP is excluded.

5:50pm: Top leaders from PKR, DAP and Amanah arrive at PKR headquarters for special meeting. Among those seen arriving were DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (5:30pm), DAP's Anthony Loke and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu (5:45pm) and Amanah vice-president Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

5:45pm: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong seen leaving the palace after audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. When asked who has his support, Dr Wee said not to speculate and to wait for the announcement by the King.

"We respect the King and he will announce the decision," he said.

5:44pm: Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin jokes that he nominated his own name as Prime Minister during his interview with the King.

"It was good, it went well. It only took two minutes.I nominated my own name," he said as he was leaving Istana Negara, drawing laughter from the media.

5:00pm: Business as usual for Melaka government, says Chief Minister Adly Zahari, adding that the weekly state exco meeting will be held on Wednesday (Feb 26).

4:45pm: Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof (left) from GPS tells members of the media that each MP had two to three minutes with the King.

"There was an item that we had to sign," he said on his way out after being interviewed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

When asked which leader had his support, Fadillah said he followed GPS' official position - to back Dr Mahathir.

3.50pm: The vehicle of former youth and sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin just entered Gate 2 of Istana Negara.

3:40pm: A convoy of vehicles ferrying Umno MPs just entered Istana Negara, including two charter buses and several cars. Seen in the bus was Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who waved to the media. Datuk Seri Najib Razak's vehicle was also seen in the convoy.

3:20pm: Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has arrived at Istana Negara for his interview with the King.

3:15pm: Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein of Umno was seen entering tIstana Negara to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He is the former defence minister.

2:55pm: Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has arrived at the Governor's residence at Seri Mutiara here to have an audience with Penang Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

2:50pm: A charter bus half-full with PAS MPs arrive at Istana Negara for their interview with the King.

2:20pm: Former Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik and Keningau MP Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan arrive at Istana Negara to be interviewed by the King.

1:15pm: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah surprises the media by bringing them McDonald's for lunch.

"Sedap (delicious). I'm hungry," said His Majesty as he took a French fry and ate it.

12:30pm: In a briefing, Comptroller of the Royal Family and Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will be interviewing about 90 MPs one by one today to ascertain who has the support of the majority in the Parliament. The rest of the MPs will be interviewed tomorrow (Feb 26). There are 221 MPs in total, excluding interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. It is expected that the first batch of 90 MPs will come today, starting 2.30pm

12:23pm: Armed forces chief's car seen entering Istana Negara.

11:50am: Former Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik seen entering Istana Negara. He came out of his SUV and gave media personnel lychee drinks before entering Gate 2. He is the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia MP for Simpang Renggam.

11.40am: Former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seen entering PMO.

Datuk Seri Azmin Ali arrives at PMO.Datuk Seri Azmin Ali arrives at PMO.

11:20am: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin arrives at PMO.

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is also said to have arrived at PMO.

11am: Selangor MB Amirudin Shari, state DAP chairman Gobind Singh Deo and state Parti Amanah Negara chief Izham Hashim leave Istana Bukit Kayangan after audience with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

10:40am: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim seen entering Putra Perdana, as talk is rife that Tun Dr Mahathir is meeting party leaders.

10.35am: Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas seen entering Istana Negara. Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah of Umno also spotted.

It is also understood that Chief Justice Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat entered Istana Negara to seek an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.


10:35am: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim seen leaving his residence in Segambut, Bernama reports.

10:25am: Former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail arrives at the Putra Perdana building, which also houses the Deputy Prime Minister's Office (DPMO).

It is not known whether she is there to meet interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, or to meet her staff at the DPMO.

9:30am: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returns to Perdana Putra to begin work as interim Prime Minister.

9:05am: Bursa Malaysia opens lower on political uncertainties, Bernama reports. The Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) slid 7.46 points to 1,482.60 from yesterday's sell-off that saw the index losing 2.68% or 41.14 points at 1490.06 points.

9am: Selangor MB Amirudin Shari arrives at Istana Bukit Kayangan with Selangor DAP chairman Gobind Singh Deo and state Parti Amanah Negara chief Izham Hashim for audience with Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

8:05am: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin visits Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at his private residence at the Mines Resort. He was seen entering in a black Vellfire.

It is widely believed that he is attempting to persuade Dr Mahathir to withdraw his resignation as party chairman.

Also spotted at the residence were Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and several supreme council members, as well as women’s wing chief Datuk Seri Rina Harun.

All arrived after Muhyiddin.

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