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Focus shifts to exclusive KL hotel as Zahid skips BN-PN meeting

The meeting is believed to be the first formal discussion between both coalitions.

MalaysiaNow
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Reporters gather outside the St Regis Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where MPs from Barisan Nasional are meeting with Perikatan Nasional leaders.
Reporters gather outside the St Regis Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where MPs from Barisan Nasional are meeting with Perikatan Nasional leaders.

Attention has switched to the five-star St Regis Hotel in Kuala Lumpur where more than a dozen Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs are meeting Perikatan Nasional (PN) leaders, as the outcome of their audiences with the Agong looks set for further delays following a meeting scheduled with the Malay rulers tomorrow.

MalaysiaNow understands that BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, along with several MPs aligned with him who have thrown their support behind Anwar Ibrahim, are not present at the meeting.

The Umno leaders present include caretaker prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and party deputy president Mohamad Hasan.

The meeting is believed to be the first formal discussion between both coalitions, following an earlier one held with Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders led by Anwar at the Seri Pacific Hotel next to the Umno headquarters.

"We have decided to meet at a neutral venue, not at Umno or Bersatu's backyard," a party source told MalaysiaNow.

Earlier today, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah met all 30 BN MPs individually amid conflicting signals on who they support as prime minister. Several representatives from GPS also had audiences with the king.

Zahid and a group of Umno leaders allied with him have been pushing for Anwar to form the government, while a majority of BN MPs have publicly stated their opposition to any form of cooperation with the PH chairman.

At least 10 of them are understood to have signed statutory declarations (SDs) in support of PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin said he was curious about why 115 SDs submitted to the palace were ignored, showing proof of receipt by an official of Istana Negara.

Muhyiddin also revealed that he had rejected a suggestion by Sultan Abdullah for PN and PH to form a "unity government", adding that his stance on the matter had long been made clear.