LIVE BLOG | Agong sees Umno, MIC, and PBS on third day of meets

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LIVE BLOG | Agong sees Umno, MIC, and PBS on third day of meets
LIVE BLOG | Agong sees Umno, MIC, and PBS on third day of meets

LIVE BLOG | Meetings between the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and political party leaders at the Istana Negara entered the third day today.

Those expected to meet Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah today include representatives from Umno, MIC, and Sabah's PBS.

This is expected to be the last day for in-person meetings, with leaders from Sarawak's GPS to have their audience on Monday online instead.

Malaysiakini reports from the ground.

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Reporting by M Fakhrull Halim. Photographs by Azneal Ishak.

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End of third-day royal meetings

3.24pm: PBS president Maximus Ongkili has left the palace without speaking to the media.

No further audiences with the King are expected today.

The Agong will meet GPS leaders virtually on Monday (June 14) and after that, convene the Conference of Rulers on Wednesday (June 16).

PBS president arrives

2.16pm: PBS president Maximus Ongkili arrives for his audience with the King.

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) arrived in a black Vellfire.

Ongkili is expected to be the last political party leader to meet the Agong today.

PBS next in line

1.45pm: Sabah's PBS is expected to meet the Yang diPertuan Agong next after Umno and MIC.

However, it is not clear whether the party will be represented by its president Maximus Ongkili, or when their delegation will arrive.

PBS is a partner of Perikatan Nasional in both the federal and Sabah governments.

Last month, there was talk that PBS may defect in an effort to form a new Sabah state government with Warisan, but Ongkili dismissed this.

MIC in and out of palace

11.40am: MIC president SA Vigneswaran was next in line to meet the King.

He arrived in a white Mercedes Benz at about 10.46am and left at about 11.38am.

He did not stop to speak to the media.

Zahid calls for Parliament to reconvene

11am: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi exits the palace after meeting the King for about an hour.

He then addresses the media from his Toyota Vellfire.

"Umno's stance is that Parliament should reconvene.

"This is to ensure the country's democratic system is defended and there exist checks and balances in all aspects of administration," he says.

Asked about the National Operations Council (NOC) proposed by Mahathir, Zahid says he did not discuss the matter with the King.

He adds that he believes the current state of emergency is supposed to cover any matters that an NOC could potentially address.

Zahid first to arrive

9.54am: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is the first to arrive at the palace in a silver Vellfire.

He waves and smiles at the media waiting outside the palace gates as he passed by.

Today's meetings with the king follow a day of intrigue after Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested to the monarch that a National Operations Council (NOC) government similar to the one in 1969 be formed.

The move has met opposition from Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's inner circle, Pakatan Harapan, and some Umno leaders.

Last night, PKR issued a vague statement claiming certain political leaders were approaching MPs for endorsement in the form of statutory declarations.

PKR alleged that these leaders claim to have the ‘blessings’ of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

This followed allegations that Umno's Hishammuddin Hussein was aiming to take over as prime minister with Bersatu's Azmin Ali as his deputy.

Hishammuddin has dismissed the speculation as rumours.

Hishammuddin is opposed to the faction of Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who has been cosying up to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

The king will also convene a Conference of Rulers meeting next week.

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