Agong to meet sultans on June 16 over Covid-19 situation

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The heads of nine royal households are expected to hold a special meeting on June 16, a week after Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has met the heads of political parties, said Singapore’s The Straits Times.

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Quoting sources from political and royal households, the report said the special meeting at Istana Negara will be on the worsening Covid-19 situation.

The meeting was decided last week amid the deepening Covid-19 crisis in the country, issues with the vaccination programme and calls for an end to the state of emergency and Parliament to reconvene.

“This is not a Conference of Rulers session but a special emergency meeting,” a source told The Straits Times.

This comes after several news portals, including The Malaysian Insight, reported that the king will be meeting the heads of political parties from Wednesday till Friday.

Quoting sources from PKR, The Straits Times said the party has acknowledged “there have been engagements with the palace” in recent days but declined to confirm whether a meeting with the king had been scheduled for this week.

“Things are very fluid and best to wait until Wednesday,” one senior aide to Anwar Ibrahim told the daily.

This will be the first time the rulers are meeting following the cancellation of the Conference of Rulers meeting on February 24, due to the second movement-control order (MCO 2.0).

The Conference of Rulers meeting, which is held three times a year, is now set for June 30.

Several party sources confirmed that they were informed that the meeting will be conducted in batches from Wednesday to Friday this week, but have yet to receive any formal invitation as of today.

The Star Online, meanwhile, reported that sources revealed that the first audience was granted to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia on Wednesday. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is from Bersatu.

This will be followed by Pakatan Harapan components DAP and PKR on Thursday, and Umno on Friday.

Other parties such as PAS, Gerakan, MCA, MIC as well as Sabah and Sarawak parties are not known to be invited.

A source from Umno, meanwhile, said there is also a chance that the King will ask about the situation of the government when the Emergency is set to end in August.

The source told Malay Mail that there are concerns that the position of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government is a bit precarious as spats between Bersatu and Umno are becoming worse.

“The King might also ask about Umno’s support in the PN government and what impact it would have if the support is withdrawn,” said the sources.

Rumours of a high-level meeting were heard since the end of May, with Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PH chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim rumoured to be in communication with Istana Negara.

However, most officers of both parties either rejected the rumours or declined to say anything on the matter.

Speculation was reignited today when Khairuddin Abu Hassan, a former Umno turned Amanah member who is close to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, declared that the King has agreed to give an audience to opposition leaders.