KUALA LUMPUR: Malay Rulers have begun arriving at Istana Negara for a special meeting to discuss the appointment of the next prime minister.
At the 2.30pm meeting, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah will be informing the Malay Rulers on the outcome of a session carried out yesterday involving 114 members of parliament.
Acting Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah was the first to arrive at the palace’s main gate at 1.55pm, accompanied by a motorcade.
Three minutes later, the Sultan of Kedah, Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah was seen arriving in a black sedan.
Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah arrived at 2.22pm followed by Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin five minutes later.
Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah and Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir were seen entering the palace grounds at 2.33pm and 2.36pm, respectively.
The media, however, has yet to determine the attendance of Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar; Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V and Raja Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail as the main gate was shut after the arrival of the Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar.
Members of the media who have set up their cameras at the palace’s main entrance since 11am were seen seeking shelter as the rain started to pour at 2pm.
Yesterday, the King met in person and online with 114 MPs from Barisan Nasional, Pas and Bersatu as well as independent lawmakers to affirm their support based on the statutory declarations to the palace, for former deputy minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to be made the next prime minister.-NST