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Political leaders take turns meeting with King

KUALA LUMPUR (June 9): Political leaders took turns to have an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara here today.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was the first to be granted an audience at 8am, and the meeting lasted an hour.

Normally, Muhyiddin as the prime minister would seek an audience with the King before the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday to give an update on the development of the country's administration.

Meanwhile, the car carrying Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was spotted entering the main gate of the palace at 10.40am and left an hour later.

Speaking to awaiting reporters at the gate, the PKR president said the meeting revolved around discussions on Covid-19, Parliament sittings and the country’s economic situation.

“First and foremost, of course, I shared our (the opposition's) opinions on Covid-19, low rate of testing, high infection rate and death toll, and I’m happy and touched that His Majesty is very well informed of the current development,” he said.

On the ending of the state of emergency, he said the King had asked for all quarters to uphold the spirit of constitutional monarchy.

On Jan 12, Al-Sultan Abdullah proclaimed an emergency that will be enforced up to Aug 1 as a proactive measure to contain the worsening Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

Earlier this week, the media reported that Al-Sultan Abdullah is scheduled to meet with political party leaders from today until next week, including via videoconferencing.

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