While Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi described the allegation to take over Melaka via crossovers as “not true”, party secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said Umno “does not play backdoors”.
“We want to come in through the front door.
“However, we are open to options,” said Annuar.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he believed it was “mere speculation”.
“I am not denying of such a possibility. If there is any, I am not involved,” said Ismail Sabri.
They were asked to comment on a report by a news portal that the Melaka budget would be rejected in the state assembly next month in an attempt to derail Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari.
The report also claimed that two executive councillors would join Umno.
Adly said the possible crossovers were just speculation.
“If we have problems, we can solve it at the Pakatan central committee or Pakatan state committee meetings,” Adly said when asked about the matter.
Deputy Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, who is also Hang Tuah Jaya MP, described such conspiracies -- if proven true -- as a “treacherous act which must be acted on”.
“I urge the Chief Minister to carry out an investigation. Those involved must be sacked from the coalition.
“Exco members and the leadership of coalition parties are fully supportive of Adly. Pakatan Melaka has fulfilled more than half of the election promises,” said Shamsul.
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