Dr M, Pakatan MPs enter Istana Negara for swearing-in ceremony

The car bringing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Istana Negara where he is expected to be sworn in as  Malaysia’s 7th prime minister on May 10, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
The car bringing Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Istana Negara where he is expected to be sworn in as Malaysia’s 7th prime minister on May 10, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10- Prime Minister designate Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has entered the National Palace along with a slew of other elected Pakatan Harapan MPs today as he is set to be sworn in as Malaysia’s seventh Prime Minister today.

Dr Mahathir entered at 4.40pm to loud cheers from his supporters who had gathered along the road leading to the palace.

Supporters of Pakatan Harapan gather in front of Istana Negara in anticipation of the swearing-in of Pakatan Harapan leader Tun Dr Mahathir  as the 7th prime minister of Malaysia, May 10, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
Supporters of Pakatan Harapan gather in front of Istana Negara in anticipation of the swearing-in of Pakatan Harapan leader Tun Dr Mahathir as the 7th prime minister of Malaysia, May 10, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

Dr Mahathir came in a black Perdana limousine bearing the number plate Proton 2020, which was the number plate of his old premier vehicle, accompanied by police outriders.

Dr Mahathir was dressed in an all-black Baju Melayu, accompanied in the car by wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah, who was dressed in a baju kurung.

Seen entering the palace in the same entourage with Dr Mahathir, among others, was Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Nurul Izzah Anwar and incumbent Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was also accompanied by his wife.

The leaders were mostly decked various shades of black, with the male leaders wearing songkok.

More than 500 supporters had gathered along the road leading to the Palace entrance to cheer Dr Mahathir as he entered. The premier-in-waiting waved at the crowd, which chanted “Hidup Tun” and “Reformasi” as he went in.

While awaiting news regarding the swearing in ceremony, the suppresses also sang the national anthem, “Negaraku” and sang songs celebrating the electoral triumph yesterday.

Moments earlier, Election Commission (EC) officials were seen entering and later leaving Istana Negara, the national palace.

Several government cars carrying EC officials left the palace at 3.45pm, followed shortly by cars bearing the stamp of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Supporters waving PKR flags have started gathering at one of the palace’s exit points.

Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is expected to be sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia today after his pact won the elections yesterday, in a major upset that saw them end Barisan Nasional’s 60-year rule of the country.

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