Meeting of Rulers at Istana Negara ends

The Sultan of Johor's motorcade seen leaving Istana Negara after a meeting of Rulers on Oct 25,2020. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The meeting to deliberate the government’s plan to declare an Emergency to deal with the rising number of Covid-19 cases chaired by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara on Sunday (Oct 25) involving the Rulers has ended.

The meeting, which started at 2.30pm and attended by Rulers from Selangor, Kedah, Negri Sembilan, Terengganu, Perlis, Perak and Johor, ended around 5pm.

The official limousines ferrying the Malay Rulers were seen leaving the Palace starting with Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar at 5.13pm, Terengganu's Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin at 5.48pm, Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail at 5.51pm and Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at 5.53pm.

Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir left at 5.54pm, Perak's Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at 5.56pm and Kedah's Sultan Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah at 5.59pm.

The Palace has become the centre of political intrigue as it was understood that the informal meeting involving Rulers was to deliberate the government’s plans to enforce a state of Emergency to curb the Covid-19 amid political uncertainty.

Scores of journalists were seen gathering at the Istana Negara as early as 11am at Gate 1, while a few gathered at Gate 2.

Security was tight at the Palace as there was a heavy presence of uniformed and plain clothes police officers patrolling the vicinity of the Istana Negara.

Palace sources have said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong wanted to get the views of the other Sultans first before he decides on the declaration of the Emergency.

It is also understood that Sultan Abdullah will deliver his decision to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after the meeting.

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