King will not be meeting anyone soon for health reasons – Palace

THE KING will not be granting an audience to anyone for a week as he is under observation at a hospital, a palace official said today, as Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim seeks a meeting with him to form a new government.

Anwar said this week he has secured a “strong, formidable” majority from lawmakers in parliament to oust Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. But he has to convince the king that he has the numbers to form a government.

Muhyiddin, who has a razor-thin majority in parliament, has dismissed Anwar’s claims of a majority and challenged him to prove it through a constitutional process.

“His Majesty has been advised by his doctors to remain at (hospital) for seven days for observation. So until then, he will not have any meetings,” palace comptroller Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin told Reuters.


Anwar was scheduled to meet with the king on Tuesday but the appointment had to be cancelled as the king was unwell and had to be taken to a hospital.

No major political party has come out in his support but the leader of the Umno, the largest party in the ruling coalition, said there had been defections to Anwar’s camp.

In a campaign speech in Sabah, Muhyiddin again questioned Anwar’s claim that he has a majority, Bernama reported.

“He made a statement and when asked on the number supporting him and who have given their statutory declaration of support, he merely said to wait for the answer,” Muhyiddin said. ― Reuters