By S. Harrish
FOLLOWING their audience with the King today, political parties have agreed to leave behind the “politics of old” and work together to address the Covid-19 and economic crises.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said this after a two-hour audience with the King and his deputy, the Sultan of Perak, and the party chiefs from DAP, Amanah, Umno, Pas and Pejuang.
According to an FMT report, Anwar said the King had told them that the country was in a constitutional and political crisis and that the leaders must therefore unite to manage Covid-19.
He added that they seemed to have reached a consensus to focus on the country’s development.
“The issue (discussed) was not just on the appointment of a new prime minister. The Agong and the deputy Agong also backed a new form of politics that is more harmonious for the rakyat.”
Anwar said the King specifically said the MP selected as prime minister should not be resentful towards those who did not succeed.
“This means, whoever gets (the prime minister’s post) should not ‘take revenge’ on those who lost.”
Earlier, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, representing PAS, Pejuang president Mukhriz Mahathir, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and Anwar arrived at the palace for an audience with the King this afternoon at around 1.30pm.