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Anwar Claims To Be Supported By 120 MPs But Istana Negara Says They Need A List Of Names

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim claimed that he commands support from over 120 Members of Parliament (MPs), enough to overthrow the current government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Cover image via Anwar Ibrahim (Facebook) & Istana Negara (Facebook)

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he has shown a statutory declaration (SD) that he commands a strong majority to the Agong, but urged all parties to give the Agong some time so that he can carry out his duty

In a highly anticipated press conference after meeting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah earlier this morning, 13 October, he said the purpose of the media address is not to reveal "who has won or who has lost".

"I urge all parties to give space for the Agong to carry out his responsibility in accordance with the Federal Constitution to validate the document (the SD)," said the Opposition leader.

"[The Agong] will be using next day or two to summon various party leaders to validate (their support) and get their views on the matter."

"Now is not the time for celebrations. There are no winners or losers today," he stressed, adding, "The real victory is when we are successful in making Malaysia a progressive, prosperous, fair, and harmonious country for all her citizens."

Anwar was speaking on a stage with his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail by his side.

When asked how many Members of Parliament (MPs) support him, Anwar said the number surpasses 120

However, the 73-year-old PKR president reiterated that the Agong will be calling up all the leaders of the parties, hence the rakyat should remain patient and wait for the Agong's final decision.

He added that it is not appropriate to state a time when the Agong will finalise his decision, but based on the current development, he is of the opinion that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's administration has fallen at this juncture.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by Istana Negara said Anwar did not present a name list to the Agong, but only the number of MPs who support him

Hence, Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said the Agong told Anwar to respect the process as enshrined by the Federal Constitution.

"In the session (with the Agong) which lasted for about 25 minutes, Anwar submitted the number of MPs who allegedly support him," Ahmad Fadil said.

"However, he did not submit a list of MPs to prove his claims. In this regard, Al-Sultan Abdullah advised Anwar to abide by and respect the legal processes as enshrined in the Federal Constitution."

The statement went on to advise Malaysians to remain calm and adhere to the rules, especially people living in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya who will be undergoing the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

At 10.25am this morning, Anwar was spotted heading into Istana Negara to meet the Agong

He left the palace one hour later without speaking to the press, but PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil alerted the media that Anwar will hold a press conference at 2pm today to make "an important announcement", reported New Straits Times.

At the time of writing, it is learned that UMNO Advisory Council chairman Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, also known as Ku Li, is expected to meet the Agong at 2pm today.

Malaysiakini reported that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran have received an invitation to the palace as well.

Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassin have yet to receive an invitation.

This morning, 13 Ocotober, officials at Istana Negara were captured giving out breakfast to reporters stationed outside the palace:

On 23 September, Anwar claimed to have 'formidable' and 'convincing' support from MPs to form a new government: