UMNO man admitted supporting PKR president, says Shahidan

PETALING JAYA: Umno supreme council member Shahidan Kassim today revealed that an Umno MP admitted to him that he had signed a letter in support of PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.

The Arau MP, speaking at a press conference broadcast live by Astro Awani today, claimed that the assemblyman signed his support on June 7 in front of Anwar and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as well as a dignitary.

He said he believed the actions of the MP were an offence, and that action against them was required.

He also noted that Zahid also violated commitments made at the party’s general assembly.

“The Umno General Assembly clearly stated that the party would support the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government until the next general election, and also said ‘No Anwar, No DAP’,” he said.

Arau MP Shahidan Kassim has been seen to be a Bersatu-friendly Umno leader.

Shahidan added that this was among three ways Zahid had committed an offence by supporting Anwar as prime minister.

The second involved his alleged support for a letter sent to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong last year backing the PKR president as prime minister.

The third related to the leaked audio between the pair that purportedly showed cooperation between them.

“The issue of the audio conversation is quiet (now) because it involves the president, many people are disciplined for offences determined by the party, but this offence involves violating decisions made at the general assembly and by the supreme council.”

He said he would accept an apology or explanation from Zahid, but that action should be taken if it is found that he has violated the party’s rules.

“The disciplinary board must be held accountable if they take action against other people but not when the president violated the general assembly’s decisions.”

Previously, letters and audio conversations were shared on social media purportedly showing Zahid supporting Anwar as prime minister. However, these have been disputed.

By : Faiz Zainudin – FMT

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