Malaysia King sets Monday 2pm deadline for parties to state alliances to form govt, name PM choice

Rivals Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional have emerged with the largest blocks of seats in Malaysia's 15th General Election. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

KUALA LUMPUR – With Malaysia’s Parliament hung following Saturday’s general election, Malaysia’s King has decreed that all political parties must submit the names of their respective prime minister candidates by 2pm on Monday.

The parties also have to declare their respective alliances to form a government, said Comptroller of the Royal Household Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, who added that the palace had received the results of the 15th General Election on Sunday afternoon.

Malaysia’s most closely fought election lived up to its name, with rivals Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) emerging with the largest blocks of seats, neither of which was enough for them to form a simple majority government.

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Datuk Seri Ahmad said it was clear that no political party has successfully obtained a simple majority to form a new government.

He said the heads of political parties and coalitions will be asked by Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament Azhar Harun to negotiate among themselves to form a government and submit the names of the candidates the parties believed can command a parliamentary majority.

“The King’s decision on the formation of a new government and the appointment of the prime minister is final,” said Mr Ahmad.

He said Malaysia’s King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, also reminded them that the country needed a government that is stable, authoritative and with integrity to protect the welfare of the people and drive the nation’s prosperity agenda.

Datuk Azhar said the leaders should submit the name of the PM candidate through a statutory declaration.

Both PH’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PN’s Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin are currently in the race to form the federal government, with both leaders claiming to have the numbers to do so.

Mr Muhyiddin said in the early hours of Sunday that his coalition would hold discussions with parties from Sabah and Sarawak to form the federal government, but discounted the idea of working with arch-rival PH.

Both PH’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left) and PN’s Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin are currently in the race to form the federal government. ST PHOTOS: ARIFFIN JAMAR, KUA CHEE SIONG

A few hours later, Sarawak Premier Abang Johari Openg flew to Kuala Lumpur to meet him and Parti Islam SeMalaysia president Hadi Awang – whose party is now the largest in Parliament – to “discuss the formation of a federal government”.

Tan Sri Johari leads Gabungan Parti Sarawak, which took 22 of the state’s 31 parliamentary seats.

Mr Anwar has also claimed that his PH coalition has in place a simple majority of more than 112 parliamentary seats.

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