No deal with Anwar, DAP: Umno
Published on: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
By: Agencies
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PETALING JAYA: Umno has given Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s government a lifeline by deciding not to work with PKR and DAP in forming a new government.

Party President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Umno leadership council agreed that its MPs should continue to support the Perikatan Nasional coalition government.

The council also agreed to strengthen the Muafakat Nasional alliance, in which Umno is a partner with PAS and PPBM, led by Muhyiddin.

The decision was announced in a statement past midnight, after a four-hour meeting of the Umno Supreme Council in Kuala Lumpur.

“Umno strongly advocates that the principle of cooperation should be strengthened, centred on the value of respect and political consensus,” he said in a statement.

“Umno believes that the cooperation with Perikatan government can be further improved based on respect and political consensus,” he said.

The party also suggests that the national reconciliation agenda be expediated by encouraging the participation of all political parties under Perikatan government as well as with Opposition parties, said Zahid.

He added that Umno also wants the government to take a more inclusive approach that moves beyond parties’ ideological differences in the fight against Covid-19 as well as its negative impact on the economy.

“Umno also express its deepest appreciation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for not declaring a state of emergency for the country.

“We will also uphold the stand of the King and the Malay Rulers to ease political tensions by declaring a political ceasefire to ensure the country’s political stability can be maintained,” he said.

The Umno supreme council’s highly anticipated meeting was to discuss the fate of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration.

It began Monday (Oct 26) night after a scheduled meeting in Janda Baik, Pahang, last week was cancelled.

Zahid had been present at Menara Dato Onn at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) since afternoon, where he attended the Barisan Nasional lawmakers meeting earlier Monday.

Also present were deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and vice presidents Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin.

Others present were supreme council members Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan and Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, among others.

Earlier, Barisan lawmakers had a meeting and one item on the agenda was said to be whether the Prime Minister should step down.

“I want to hear Barisan’s position first,” said Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said when met before attending the meeting at Menara Datuk Onn.

Hishammuddin was among several Barisan ministers who rushed over to PWTC to attend the discussion after meeting Muhyiddin, who chaired a special Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya earlier.

It was learned that the meeting was a pre-council meeting involving Barisan MPs to discuss matters before the start of Dewan Rakyat on Nov 2.

The meeting comes at the backdrop of the King’ announcement on Sunday (Oct 25) that there was no need to declare a state of emergency in the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic after consulting the Malay Rulers.

The King also reminded all politicians, particularly lawmakers, to immediately put a stop to all forms of politicking that could disrupt the stability of the country, adding that he had confidence in the current administration in dealing with Covid-19. 


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