KUALA LUMPUR: The fate of the two Umno assemblymen who supported the setting up of the Pakatan Harapan state government in Perak will be decided after an investigation by the party disciplinary committee.
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that a probe would be conducted to look into the actions of Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi of Tualang Sekah and Sungai Manik assemblyman Datuk Zainal Fadzi Paharudin.
"The disciplinary committee will look into this. By right, one cannot be with Umno and yet support other parties apart from Barisan Nasional," Dr Ahmad Zahid said after chairing the party supreme council meeting Monday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid is taking on the duties of Umno president after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak resigned on May 12.
Nolee Ashilin and Zainol Fadzi had declared their support for Pakatan,
which led to the coalition forming the Perak state government.
However, the two insisted that they are still with Umno and Barisan.
Following the 14th General Election, Pakatan had 29 elected representatives. Barisan won 25 seats while PAS had three.
When the two Barisan assemblymen declared their support, it gave Pakatan a total of 31 seats, enough to form the state government.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said that any negotiation to either form the government or the Opposition pact would have to be done en bloc.
"This means that any parties which want to negotiate will have to talk to Barisan as a whole and not just with a single party in the coalition.
"This is because we want to rise and move forward together with our Barisan friends," he said.
GE14 saw Umno holding 54 of the 79 Parliament seats which Barisan had won.
However, the number was reduced to 78 seats, after acting Upko president Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, who won the Tuaran seat, defected.
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