PETALING JAYA: The majority of Umno’s Supreme Council members have agreed to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional-led (PN) government before Aug 1.
Speaking to FMT on condition of anonymity, a member of the Supreme Council said they were called in by party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in stages to obtain their agreement.
“This decision to pull the plug will also thwart the plans for (foreign minister) Hishammuddin Hussein’s group, which wants Umno to remain in PN for him to be appointed as deputy prime minister,” said the member.
The news came less than an hour after Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz, who had admitted starting a petition backing Hishammuddin as Barisan Nasional’s representative to the King, had done a U-turn and declared support for Muhyiddin Yassin and the PN government.
The Supreme Council man said that only a few of its members have yet to be called up by the Umno leadership, namely those who were ministers.
“Umno needs to make an immediate decision because the country’s situation is deteriorating. What more, the Umno political bureau has given a timeframe of 14 days. That period is almost over.”
Before the motion was signed by each Supreme Council member, he said Zahid had explained the leadership’s rationale and recalled what transpired during his audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong last month.
In a statement, Puad said Nazri’s remarks came as no surprise, as it was highly likely he did not know about the resolution made by Umno in the last general assembly as “he was not there” when the decision was made.
Puad said he was told that Nazri was not there when the decision was made and hence was likely not aware of such a decision.
The member also said the party president did not require the consent of all Umno MPs, as they were bound by the Supreme Council’s decision.
He reiterated that the party’s annual general meeting in March had given Zahid a mandate to discuss with the council on a suitable date to withdraw support.
“Umno does not want to continue to be caught up with the eighth prime minister and the PN government’s failure in managing the country.
“Malaysia is currently facing a confidence crisis of maximum level.”