PETALING JAYA: The first two batches of MPs supporting Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the ninth prime minister have arrived for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
The first bus, ferrying Umno MPs, arrived at 10.37am. It was followed by another bus, carrying Bersatu MPs, at 10.42am.
A total of 114 MPs who are said to have submitted statutory declarations (SDs) in support of Ismail have been summoned to Istana Negara for an audience with the King today.
According to sources, the MPs are from various parties that were part of the previous Perikatan Nasional-led administration.
These include those from Barisan Nasional, Bersatu, PAS, Gabungan Parti Sarawak, PBS and STAR, and several independents.
They are said to be arriving in batches from this morning until 5pm today.
Among those spotted in the first bus of Umno MPs were former vaccine minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Tanjung Karang MP Noh Omar and Arau MP Shahidan Kassim.
Former special functions minister Redzuan Yusof and Julau MP Larry Sng, who is an independent, were among those in the second bus.
Former prime minister Najib Razak arrived separately in his own car.
Attorney-General Idrus Harun and chief secretary to the government Mohd Zuki Ali had arrived at the Palace earlier.-FMT