KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah consented to Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Mohd Ariff Md Yusof’s decision on not calling for a special sitting this March 2.
In a statement by the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadli Shamsuddin, the King would continue with efforts to find a solution in line with the Federal Constitution for the wellbeing of the people and out of love for tthe country.
Istana Negara will instead call leaders of political parties with representation in Dewan Rakyat to give them an opportunity to nominate a member of Parliament as prime minister, the statement said.
The Ruler also expressed his appreciation to all members of Parliament, chief secretary to the government and all those involved in the two-day one-on-one interview session which began on Tuesday Feb 25.
“According to the interviews, the Agong has yet to see which member of the Dewan Rakyat commands the confidence of the majority of the House in order to form a new government,” the statement said.
At noon today, Mohd Ariff issued a statement on the issue pertaining to the special sitting which Interim Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said would take place this Monday.
Later on, reports claimed that he was re-summoned to the palace after the statement was issued. He had also met with the King in the morning.
In his statement, Mohd Ariff confirmed there would be no special Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday for the House to decide on who will be the next Prime Minister.
He said this was because the letter he had previously received notifying him on the government’s decision for the House to convene for a special meeting did not fulfil obligations under Parliament’s regulations.
Mohd Ariff said that he had received a letter from Dr Mahathir stating that the government has agreed for the House to convene a special sitting on March 2.
However, he said the letter from Dr Mahathir did not adhere to Standing Order 11(3).
“Based on the standing order, the notification and date of the meeting will be issued by me as the Yang di-Pertua Dewan Rakyat. Up to now, no notice has been issued.
“I am also of the view that… this special meeting will be done after a notification from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the process of selecting the (next) prime minister.
“As such, I have decided there will be no special Dewan Rakyat sitting on March 2, 2020,” he said.
The political impasse culminated on Monday when Dr Mahathir gave his resignation letter to the King only for the ruler to consent to his appointment as interim prime minister.