PETALING JAYA: The Malay Rulers have begun arriving at Istana Negara for a special meeting to discuss efforts to combat Covid-19 on the initiative of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
Among the first to arrive for the meeting were the Regent of Pahang Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah and Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, who had arrived at Istana Negara at 11am and noon, respectively.
Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani arrived at the palace at 1.43pm.
Armed Forces Chief Jen Tan Sri Affendi Buang was also present at the palace, having arrived at 1.56pm.
The Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail arrived at Istana Negara at 1.59pm, closely followed by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali who arrived at 2pm.
Kedah Ruler Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah was next to arrive at 2.08pm.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor and Terengganu's Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin arrived at the Istana Negara at about 2.20pm.
Arriving shortly after at 2.30pm was Perak Ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
As at 2.55pm, Kelantan's Sultan Muhammad V had yet to arrive.
The meeting follows a series of audiences the King had granted to the leaders of various political parties in the country.
Earlier, Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin had said this was the second special meeting of the Rulers since Sultan Abdullah ascended the throne as 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31, 2019.
Ahmad Fadil said the first such meeting had taken place on Oct 25 last year at Istana Negara.