Agong to interview MPs personally to ascertain who commands majority

File photo - Abang Johari (right) greets Sultan Abdullah to give him a warm welcome upon arrival at the Kuching International Airport. Photo credit: Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak

KUCHING, Feb 25: A total of 90 members of parliament (MPs) have been called to the Istana Negara where they will be personally interviewed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin starting at 2.30pm today.

According to MalayMail, Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the interview process will be conducted over the course of two days to ascertain who will command the majority of the Dewan Rakyat to become the next prime minister.

“The 90 MPs, not grouped based on parties, will be the first group to have a personal interview with the King and witnessed by the Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Mohd Zuki Ali,” he said at a special media briefing at Istana Negara today.

Another 131 MPs will meet the King tomorrow.

Ahmad Fadil said the process will be done under Article 43(2) of the Federal Constitution, which handles the formation of the Cabinet.

He also gave assurance that the process on determining a new government will be done transparently where updates on the development will be given from time to time to prevent any speculations in the media.—DayakDaily