The Barisan Nasional MP also backed Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s comments about the meeting.
“Yes, what was said by Zahid about the meeting is correct.
“It was just to see Azmin to discuss the possibility of getting additional allocation,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
A news portal had quoted Zahid as saying that the meeting was to talk about the channelling of government projects to the constituencies.
“I received information the meeting was held to satisfy their (Umno MPs’) voters in getting government projects to be channelled through allocations to them as MPs.”
However, he acknowledged that the manner in which the meeting took place had led to speculation.
“It created a perception ... The Opposition chief had before this reminded that any meeting must be done en bloc (by the Opposition pact).
“And the meeting venue must be at Parliament, this would appear better and be more appropriate,” he was quoted as saying.
On his part, Ramli said it was apt to meet up with Azmin as most of the budget allocation would have to go through the Economic Planning Unit, which was under his purview.
“There was nothing more to it,” he added.
PKR central leadership council member Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar has also downplayed the meeting.
Kamaruddin, who was present at the Monday meeting, said they had talked about the country’s future, the need for national unity, political stability and development, among others.
“We were also briefed and had discussed on the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030,” he told reporters yesterday.
Kamaruddin, who is Deputy Transport Minister, also stated that the issue of support for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stay on as prime minister for a full term was not the only topic discussed during the meeting.
He declined to elaborate further.
“No need for discussions. It was announced already, you know? PAS secretary-general and Umno had already announced support for Dr Mahathir to stay on for a full term.
“So, it isn’t an issue that had clashed or needed to be discussed,” he added.
Among those who met at Azmin’s residence were former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.
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