Dr M arrives for 2.30pm audience with King

PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has arrived at the Istana Negara for his 2.30pm audience with the King.

He arrived at Istana Negara’s Gate 2 at 1.59pm in a grey car on Thursday (June 10).

It is also understood that after Dr Mahathir, the King is set to grant an audience to Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal later at 4.30pm.

Umno president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, on the other hand, is set to have an audience with the King on Friday (June 11) morning.

The King had scheduled audiences with several political leaders beginning Wednesday (June 9), where it is believed that they are deliberating the current political landscape amidst the Emergency Proclamation that is due to expire on Aug 1.

After meeting with political leaders, the King will hold another special meeting involving the Malay Rulers on Wednesday (June 16), which is the second such meeting being held by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

There was a beehive of activity around the Istana Negara despite the scorching heat after reports emerged on Friday (June 4) that the King is set to meet the heads of major political parties to deliberate the current political landscape amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are also talks of a new political landscape emerging amidst the ongoing Emergency Proclamation that is due to expire this August.

While the Prime Minister is known to have routine audiences with the King before his Cabinet meeting every Wednesday, it is also unusual for the King to grant audiences to the heads of major political parties.

It was reminiscent of the week-long "Sheraton Move" last year which saw the collapse of Pakatan Harapan after 22-months in Putrajaya following the exit of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and certain leaders in PKR.

At the time, the King interviewed all 222 MPs to find the best solution for the political uncertainty, which later culminated in the formation of the Perikatan Nasional government.

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