KUALA LUMPUR — February 23, 2020: The possible formation of a new coalition government inched closer to reality today when Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah met several top party leaders at Istana Negara.
They are Pribumi Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and PBB president Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
The party leaders were believed to have briefed the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on their plan to form a new coalition government to replace the current ruling Pakatan Harapan.
Pribumi Bersatu has held its supreme council meeting in the morning while at the same time Azmin met about a dozen of PKR leaders and members of parliament aligned with him.
Umno also held its emergency supreme council meeting today.
Meanwhile, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has confirmed that there were attempts to replace the Pakatan Harapan government by Pribumi Bersatu and a faction from PKR.
“Now we are waiting for further information but there were attempts to bring down the Pakatan government involving our former friend Bersatu and a small fraction from PKR who has betrayed us.
“They have met with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong this evening but there is no further announcement,” said Anwar after an event at his Bukit Segambut residence tonight.