Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s meeting with all state menteris besar and chief ministers on Monday (Oct 26) has been cancelled, after a failed bid to declare a state of emergency.
The meeting cancellation was confirmed by an aide to Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari in a message to the press.
“The meeting which the menteri besar was scheduled to attend tomorrow morning in Putrajaya has been cancelled by the organisers,” the message read.
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had also reinstated his programme for tomorrow, which was supposedly cancelled earlier.
Muhyiddin had earlier reportedly called for a meeting with all state menteris besar and chief ministers in Putrajaya tomorrow, which was confirmed by the Selangor MB office and the Perak MB office.
The invite came just a few weeks after DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang had cried foul over the absence of Amirudin, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Aminuddin Harun and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow from a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Covid-19.
The meeting, which was chaired by Muhyiddin, discussed the latest surge of positive cases in Malaysia, after last month’s Sabah state election.
Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Penang state governments are led by coalitions that are in opposition to the federal government led Muhyiddin.
Lim said Chow had told him he did not attend the meeting because he was not invited.
“Why has the Perikatan Nasional government decided to play politics again instead of showing an example of uniting all Malaysians regardless of party politics in the face of a new wave of the pandemic?” Lim had asked then.
News of the cancellation came amid reports of a flurry of VIP cars arriving at Muhyiddin’s residence in Bukit Damansara yesterday evening, where an impromptu meeting is believed to have taken place.
Several cars supposedly ferrying federal ministers from Muhyiddin’s government were seen entering his house, with at least two political secretaries of ministers also seen entering the residence.
Among those spotted at Muhyiddin’s residence were Economic Affairs Minister Mustapa Mohamed, Religious Affair Minister Zulkifli Bakri, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, International Trade and Industry Minister, Mohamed Azmin Ali, Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Human Resources Minister M Saravan and former chief justice Ariffin Zakaria.
Others included law minister Takiyuddin Hassan, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun, Health Minister Adham Baba, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Edmund Santhara Kumar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Redzuan Yusof, Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad, Education Minister Radzi Jidin and several Bersatu members.
The vehicles carrying them were seen entering Muhyiddn’s residence at 8pm and left about three hours later.
The king’s decision not to proclaim a state of emergency marks the first time that Malaysia’s constitutional monarch has rejected the advice of the prime minister.
Later in the evening, Muhyiddin issued a statement saying the cabinet took note of the king’s decree and would discuss it further.