Dr M Attends Private Function, Then to Meet with Agong

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Interim prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad left his residence to attend a private function before heading to Istana Negara.

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His convoy, consisting of six vehicles and four police motorcycles, was spotted departing from The Mines Residence at 12.13pm.

Dr Mahathir himself was seated in a black Mercedes with tinted windows.

He is believed to be attending his granddaughter’s wedding function.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu supreme council member Datuk A Kadir Jasin later followed behind him but stopped for a short while to speak to the press.

“Tun is heading for a wedding at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, after which he will head to the Istana Negara for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” he said while seated in his vehicle.

Much speculation remains as to who will become Malaysia’s eighth prime minister, with Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin initially in the spotlight, as he has the support of a faction within his party, along with former PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s block of independent MPs, Umno, PAS, MCA, MIC and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah.

However, Dr Mahathir as Bersatu chairman announced earlier this morning that he has sufficient numbers to become prime minister again, following a meeting with Pakatan Harapan.

For the second time this week, political party leaders were summoned to meet the Agong for the nomination of a prime minister.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was the first leader spotted arriving at 10.04am.

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Muhyiddin was accompanied by a huge entourage comprising leaders from other political parties such as Umno, PAS and the rogue ex-PKR faction led by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

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Azmin was the second to enter the palace, followed by Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

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About 45 minutes later, all of the party leaders were seen exiting Istana Negara. They did not stop to address the media.

Additional confirmed sightings of party leaders among the leaving entourage included Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, and Gabungan Parti Sarawak parliament whip Fadillah Yusof.

Takiyuddin, on his way out, told reporters: “We will return tomorrow.”

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DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu were seen entering the palace together in a black Toyota Vellfire at around 11.45am.

Also accompanying Lim and Mohamad was Amanah strategy director Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad, who arrived in a different vehicle.

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All the leaders exited the palace grounds shortly after noon. They did not address the media but allowed their pictures to be taken.

PKR president Anwar Ibrahim arrived at the palace at 1.30pm, coming from the Eastin Hotel where some of the party’s leaders have been huddled since morning.

“I’m going to the palace to present a letter of statement of Pakatan Harapan changing its stance to nominate Tun instead of me.

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“I am touched on the support that I received but once again I chose to prioritise the nation above personal agenda,” he told reporters at the hotel earlier.

Anwar left the palace at 1.41pm.