Guests at the installation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara today
Earlier, a Facebook user from Terengganu had claimed that Najib’s seat was changed as another individual allegedly did not want to be seated near the Pekan MP.
Abdul Rahim Hilmi Zakariya said the protocol by the palace dictates that Najib be seated four chairs away from Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Rahim said the alleged attempt to change the seating arrangements was disrespectful and reeked of arrogance.
“It is unstatesmanlike,” he wrote on Facebook.
He went on to claim that Najib was moved to another seat reserved for the “Orang Besar Pahang”.
Wakakaka, today I read MM Online's Najib says absent from Agong’s installation because seat swapped at last minute.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) is pictured at Istana Negara during Sultan Abdullah’s installation as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong July 30, 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak asserted today that his absence from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s installation yesterday was because his seating position was changed early in the morning.
He wrote on Facebook to say he was called at 6.30am and informed he would not be sitting in his previously assigned position as a former PM but would instead with the Pahang nobility.
“The ceremonial costume for Pahang nobles and that of former PMs are different. Each position has its protocol.
“By then there was no time to gather the clothes from Pekan,” he said.
Najib’s former special officer Isham Jalil alleged in a news report today that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad forced the change by threatening to boycott the event if Najib was seated near him.
According to Utusan Malaysia, Isham claimed Dr Mahathir was jealous of Najib’s popularity and wanted to prevent the ex-PM from attending.
Separately, the Prime Minister’s Office denied any involvement in the change, saying the matter was entirely decided by Istana Negara’s protocol division.
Wakakaka again, such a low class mean-spirited Mamak - a real pariah, Podah.