Istana Negara: Anwar Only Presented Number of MPs Allegedly Backing Him, Not Names

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Anwar merely presented the number of MPs who allegedly support him – 120.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong only the number of MPs he claimed to be backing him and not the list of their names to strengthen his claim, according to Istana Negara.

Istana Negara Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said Anwar presented the number during the opposition leader’s audience with the King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, at Istana Negara at 11 am today.

“During the audience of about 25 minutes, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim presented the number of Dewan Rakyat MPs who he claimed supported him. However, he did not present the list of names of the MPs to strengthen the claim.

“In view of this, Al-Sultan Abdullah advised Anwar Ibrahim to abide by and respect the legal process as enshrined in the Federal Constitution,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Anwar at the press conference held at a hotel asked all parties to give room to the King to go through the documentation and claimed that His Majesty would be calling the relevant party leaders for confirmation.

“(The) Yang di-Pertuan Agong has discretionary powers), (so) it is not right for us to set a time frame.

“I urge all quarters to give room to His Majesty to discharge his duties according to the Constitution and Tuanku’s wisdom to go through the documents and in one (or) two days call the heads of the parties for confirmation, and get inputs and views as best as possible,” he said.

Anwar claimed that the documentation was in the form of Statutory Declarations (SDs) and confirmation letters from the party heads.

Anwar also said the question of a snap general election was also not raised during the audience with the King.

Asked further whether the backing also included from former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar said: “The list will be released (later).”