PETALING JAYA: Umno was conspicuously missing from a list of parties backing the government’s latest relief package.
The support for the relief package was expressed in a statement jointly issued by the information chiefs of the parties in the Perikatan Nasional-led government.
The statement comes in the wake of a news report of Umno leaders being told to withdraw support for the current government before Aug 1.
According to the statement, the various component parties in the coalition will help relay information about the relief package to their grassroots.
They also called on the rakyat to take advantage of the benefits the initiative has to offer, including the loan moratorium and the food basket programme.
Yesterday, Utusan Malaysia reported that more than 10 Umno MPs, who are also Supreme Council members, were summoned to meet party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
A source told the daily that the president and his deputy, Mohamad Hasan, planned to submit a motion to the Supreme Council for Umno to retract its support for the PN government in the near future.
During its annual general assembly in March, Umno decided to withdraw support for PN in August after the Emergency ends in order to force the dissolution of Parliament for the next general election to be called.