KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — Istana Negara is the focus of the local and international media practitioners today who have been waiting there since 8 am for the arrival of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is scheduled to enter the palace for an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Members of the press are seen gathered at Gate 2 of Istana Negara and on the pavement along Jalan Dungun to await the arrival of the Port Dickson Member of Parliament.
The media members, all with face mask on, are advised by the policemen on duty to observe the prescribed standing operating procedures (SOP), as well as keep their social distancing.
Their presence caught the attention of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s senior private secretary Colonel (Rtd) Datuk Nazim Mohd Alim, who brought them some food for breakfast.
Last Thursday, Anwar, in a statement, said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has consented to grant him an audience on Tuesday (today) during which he would present to His Majesty a complete statement on the majority parliamentary support which he claimed to have secured.
In a media conference on Sept 23, Anwar claimed he had secured “strong and convincing” support from the majority of the Members of Parliament to form a new government.