Anwar’s Numbers Still a Guessing Game

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The much-awaited audience of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara yesterday has still not provided a clear answer as to exactly how many MPs are backing him to form a new government.

The PKR president’s press conference after his audience with the king did not provide any answers either.

The Port Dickson MP was only willing to reveal that he had the backing of more than 120 MPs in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat.

This was later confirmed when the palace issued a statement saying that Anwar only presented the number of MPs backing him to be the next prime minister but did not furnish their names.

At the press conference held at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur Anwar asked all parties to give room to the king to go through the documentation he presented and said the Agong will be calling the relevant party leaders for confirmation.

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Asked about the list of names, Anwar replied that it will be released later.

In another development, veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had gone to Istana Negara yesterday afternoon, after PKR president Anwar Ibrahim had his audience with the king.

It could not be immediately confirmed whether Tengku Razaleigh was summoned by the palace or had requested an audience with the king.

Istana Negara did not issue a statement on this.

The public will be eagerly awaiting how things unfold on the political front in the coming days, with Malaysia now facing a third wave of Covid-19 cases.