Muhyiddin, IGP meet Dr M at PMO; stimulus package launch delayed

Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador was seen entering the Prime Minister’s Office at 3.35pm just as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was scheduled to announce the economic stimulus package to mitigate the effects of Covid-19. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador was seen entering the Prime Minister’s Office at 3.35pm just as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was scheduled to announce the economic stimulus package to mitigate the effects of Covid-19. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 27 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador was seen entering the Prime Minister’s Office at 3.35pm just as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was scheduled to announce the economic stimulus package to mitigate the effects of Covid-19.

The press conference of the launch scheduled to take place at 4pm has now been delayed.

Earlier, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was also seen entering the PMO at about 2.20pm, but he left around 3.35pm.

Prior to that, Bersatu supreme council member Datuk Rais Hussin Mohamed Arif confirmed Dr Mahathir has resumed his post as the party’s chairman days after vacating it.

Malay Mail contacted the IGP after the meeting and he said he met Dr Mahathir to discuss national security matters related to the current political turmoil.

“I was there to brief him on the latest security situation.

“I told him that, despite the apparent calm, the temperature is rising,” he said.

In a press conference after announcing the 2020 Economic Stimulus Package this evening, Dr Mahathir said no federal lawmaker commanded the support needed to be the next prime minister.

Consequently, he said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong told him that Parliament was the correct venue to resolve the crisis caused by the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan federal government.

Parliament will convene an emergency sitting on Monday for federal lawmakers to try and select a prime minister, failing which a fresh election would be held.

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