KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s political saga enters day 7 today as the search for a new political bloc which commands majority support continues. Yesterday, Muhyiddin Yassin looked set to be sworn in after support for the PPBM president poured in from Barisan Nasional and PAS.
This morning, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who broke ranks with Pakatan Harapan, did an about-turn. Following a meeting with top leaders of the former ruling coalition, he said he was ready to lead a revived coalition with PH.
Who is the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s choice? Follow this page as we give live accounts from Istana Negara.
4.30pm: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has announced Muhyiddin Yassin as the person who commands the confidence of the majority of MPs, ending days of political stalemate which has left the country without a working government for the past one week.
4:08pm: PKR president Anwar Ibrahim sent boxes of Dunkin Donuts for newsmen at Istana Negara as a goodwill gesture after two of his bodyguards tried to push away reporters causing some to fall down.
1.45pm: Anwar Ibrahim and his political secretary Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak leave the palace, but not before two of Anwar’s bodyguards alighted from their vehicle to push away media personnel, causing some to fall to the ground.
Later, arriving back at Eastin Hotel in PJ, Anwar was asked how his palace meeting went. “Alhamdulillah,” he replied.
1.35pm: Anwar Ibrahim enters the palace. He earlier said he wanted to inform the Agong of a change in PH’s choice of PM. The coalition now nominates Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
1.25pm: PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim leaves the Eastin Hotel in Petaling Jaya and heads for Istana Negara.
12.05pm: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, deputy president Dzulkefly Ahmad and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng leave the palace together after their audience with the King. Dzulkefly said they left “something” with the Agong, believed to be a form signed by the PH leaders before their audience.
11:55am: A group of motorcyclists attempts to block the entrance to Istana Negara before they are dispersed by police.
11.50am: Pakatan Harapan leaders arrive at the palace. Among them are DAP’s Lim Guan Eng and Amanah’s Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Dzulkefly Ahmad and Hatta Ramli. Amanah president Mohamad Sabu is also seen entering the palace again, shortly after leaving at 11.30am.
11.30am: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu leaves the palace after his audience with the King. He declines to comment when asked, only saying, “thank you”.
11.15am: GPS leader Fadillah Yusof is reportedly among those present with Muhyiddin Yassin during the audience with the Agong, fueling speculation that GPS MPs will back the PPBM president.
10.40am: PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan says the pro-Muhyiddin Yassin bloc will return to Istana Negara for another audience tomorrow.
10.30am: PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin arrives with PAS’ Abdul Hadi Awang, Umno’s Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and ex-PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.
10.00am: The political bloc in support of Muhyiddin Yassin is on the way to Istana Negara, claiming it has the majority to form the government. Accompanying Muhyiddin are PAS’ Abdul Hadi Awang, Umno’s Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and ex-PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.