Lawyer from opposition camp in M'sia claims MPs' votes for next PM don't tally

Opposition members were not invited to the audience with the king.

Faris Alfiq | August 19, 2021, 02:05 PM

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The race for Malaysia's next premiership is inching closer to its finishing line, but not without controversy.

Lawyer and political secretary to DAP secretary-general Lim Kit Siang, Syahredzan Johan, hinted that the voting did not tally.

He said on Twitter: "Assignment was supposed to be submitted by one person. After it was completed, there's more than one?"

Syahredzan further elaborated in subsequent tweets that after much discussion, there are things which do not tally.

"Okay, not everything is what it seems apparently. There are things which do not tally.

Not to become an insider (I am not an insider also). Just that there is something which doesn't tally after much discussion."

King summons Ismail Sabri supporters

Members of Parliament (MPs) who supported Ismail Sabri as their choice for the country's prime minister position were summoned to the royal palace on Thursday, Aug. 19.

Malay Mail reported that Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan said that it was to ascertain their votes.

He added that MPs from Umno, Barisan Nasional, Bersatu, GPS and PAS were summoned to meet the King at different timings from 10am to 4pm.

MPs were given up till 4pm on Aug. 18 to submit their choice of prime minister via email, fax and WhatsApp.

Opposition not invited

Meanwhile, opposition MPs did not receive any invitation to the palace.

DAP MP Ong Kian Ming wrote on Twitter that none of his colleagues were invited, Malaysiakini reported.

"In case anyone is wondering, no, my colleagues and I didn't get any calls to go to the palace today," he said.

Might not be to ascertain votes

Parties summoned by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Malaysian king), assumed that they are winning the race, but Malaysian news outlet The Vibes suggested otherwise.

According to a source received by The Vibes, if the king prefers a different candidate following the session, MPs will be asked to withdraw their support from Ismail Sabri and choose another candidate instead.

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