PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) claims that he has been granted an audience with the King next Tuesday, during which he is set to present statutory declarations in support of his bid to be Prime Minister.
“His Majesty has granted me an audience on Tuesday, Oct 13, God willing.
“In that meeting, I will present a strong and convincing majority of parliamentarians as I have mentioned before.
“I hope Malaysians will remain calm and pray from their homes or at their workplaces, as well as respect the recovery movement control order, ” he said in a statement here yesterday.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Istana Negara has been contacted for confirmation but as at press time, it has yet to respond.
On Sept 23, Anwar had dropped a bombshell by claiming that he had a “strong, formidable and convincing” majority to form the next government and that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s government had collapsed.
On the same day, the King underwent treatment at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur.
Istana Negara later said that while an audience had been granted to Anwar and his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Sept 22, it was cancelled due to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s health condition.
On Oct 2, the King returned to Istana Negara after receiving treatment for food poisoning and a sports injury.
A party source denied any knowledge of the amount of parliamentarian support Anwar has said that he has.
“He’s been secretive. He kept his cards very close to his chest this time, ” said the source before declining to comment further.
Multiple party sources have also remained tight-lipped regarding the matter.
There is speculation that Anwar has acquired the support of 121 out of the 222 MPs.
This comes even as MPs from Umno and Gabungan Parti Sarawak deny backing him.
However, following Anwar’s Sept 23 announcement, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that Umno MPs were free to pledge their allegiance to Anwar.
Zahid also said that “many” MPs from Barisan Nasional and Umno had voiced their support for Anwar to form a new government.