by Rosli Mansor
The deadline for submitting a coalition for the formation of a new government and prime minister candidate, has been extended until 2pm tomorrow.
Comptroller of the Istana Negara Datuk Seri Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said that the matter has been approved by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah following the request made by political party leaders and coalitions today.
“His Majesty calls on and advises all citizens to be patient and calm until the process of forming a new government and the nomination of the future Prime Minister is completed,” he said in a statement today.
Ahmad Fadil said Al-Sultan Abdullah also reminded that the nation’s administration is still running as usual under the management of the Caretaker Prime Minister based on the principles outlined for the interim government.
“His Majesty calls on the people to join together in praying that the process of forming a new government and the nomination of the future Prime Minister of Malaysia will be simplified and run smoothly for the benefit of the country,” he said.
His Majesty also called on the people to pray together for Malaysia to be blessed and protected from any form of disaster and calamity.
Yesterday, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong ordered all leaders of political parties and coalitions of political parties that won a large number of seats in the 15th General Election (GE15), to inform the Istana Negara of the party coalitions and to name the agreed Prime Ministerial candidate to form new government before 2 pm, today.
GE15 ended with a hung Parliament situation when no party or coalition of political parties got a simple majority to form the Federal government.
GE15 last Saturday saw a combination of parties including Pakatan Harapan (PH) gaining 82 parliamentary seats, Perikatan Nasional (73), while Barisan Nasional (30).
The simple majority to form a government is 112 seats.