BN, PAS lawmakers to seek audience with King, claim they have majority

BN and PAS are expected to meet the King at Istana Negara later.

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan says all Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS MPs will be at Istana Negara at 5pm today for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Takiyuddin, who is also the Kota Bharu MP, claimed that BN and PAS have enough MPs to form the new government.

“Yes, we have a sufficient number of 129 (MPs). This evening we will meet the Agong at the palace,” he said when met at Umno headquarters here today..

Asked whether all BN and PAS MPs would be present, Takiyuddin said yes.

FMT reporters have been told that a few Umno and PAS leaders are waiting at PWTC for the next move by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PAS president Hadi Awang.

Earlier today, Dr Mahathir Mohamad submitted his resignation as prime minister.

Less than an hour later, PKR president Anwar Ibrahim arrived at Istana Negara for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

His audience with the King also comes on the heels of PPBM pulling out of the ruling coalition.

A few hours later, Mahathir was at the palace for his audience with the King.

Mahathir submitted his resignation letter to the King at 1pm today, following a meeting with Anwar this morning.

It is now up to the King to decide whether to accept the resignation.

This comes amid intense speculation of a new coalition being formed following a flurry of political meetings yesterday.