PETALING JAYA : Barisan Nasional has branded as fake a statement claiming that 40 MPs from the coalition will continue to back the government led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
BN executive secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz said the coalition’s headquarters denied the statement currently circulating on social media which used its logo and address.
“Any official statement must be issued by the chairman or secretary-general, and it can only be issued via the party’s official channel,” he said in a brief statement, referring to the posts held by Umno’s Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Zambry Abdul Kadir, respectively
In the statement issued earlier this evening, deputy prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, apart from supporting the current Perikatan Nasional-led (PN) government, BN MPs would also uphold the King’s decree on the revocation of the emergency ordinances.
“BN MPs unanimously support the government led by Muhyiddin and agree with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decree to prioritise addressing the people’s issues and welfare,” he said.
Ismail said the decision was made following a meeting between the 40 BN MPs today.
FMT had confirmed the authenticity of the statement with an aide to Ismail.
However, questions have been raised about the unanimous support by BN MPs, considering that many Umno MPs had said earlier that the prime minister should resign, while Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has even moved out of the government bloc in the Dewan Rakyat.
FMT had also reached out to Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan for comment.