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Malaysian MPs behind Ismail Sabri summoned to Istana to verify support

KUALA LUMPUR — Members of Parliament (MPs) from parties aligned to political coalition Perikatan Nasional (PN) have been summoned by the king to the Istana Negara on Thursday (Aug 19) to ascertain their support for Mr Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the next prime minister.

KUALA LUMPUR — Members of Parliament (MPs) from parties aligned to political coalition Perikatan Nasional (PN) have been summoned by the king to the Istana Negara on Thursday (Aug 19) to ascertain their support for Mr Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the next prime minister.

Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan confirmed the matter when contacted by the Malay Mail.

“MPs heading to Istana Negara tomorrow: 10am GPS, 11am PPBM, 2pm Umno, 3pm Umno-BN, 4pm PAS,” Mr Ahmad said.

When asked if the audience is to verify their support for Mr Ismail Sabri, who is Bera MP, Ahmad replied in the affirmative.

Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan also confirmed the matter.

“Yes. To ascertain support,” he said when contacted.

While Malaysia is yet to know the identity of its ninth prime minister, the king has issued a reminder to the person who will be appointed to undergo a confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat once it is confirmed.

In a statement on behalf of the king Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Comptroller of the Royal Household Indera Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the confidence vote has to be undertaken as it is the proper constitutional thing to do to gain legitimacy.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and former deputy prime minister Ismail Sabri have emerged as the main contenders to be the ninth prime minister.

Mr Muhyiddin Yassin resigned as the eighth prime minister two days ago, saying he no longer believed he commanded the majority support in Parliament even though he had yet to undertake a confidence vote in the Lower House as he intended to do next month. MALAY MAIL

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