Zahid: No back door govt

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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Any move and decision will be made together and en bloc, putting to rest concerns among Umno members over the alleged attempts by several of its lawmakers to form a back door government.

Addressing this pressing issue during his winding-up speech, party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Umno was committed in its agenda to form the government through “legitimate and democratic way”.

“Do not listen to what is being spread on social media or by instigators.

“Our MPs have all guaranteed that they will remain lawmakers representing the party and Barisan Nasional,” he said at the end of the Umno general assembly yesterday.

Recently, several Umno lawmakers privately met Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, fuelling speculation of attempts to form a back door government.

At present, Barisan has 41 seats in the Dewan Rakyat, comprising 38 from Umno, two from MCA and one from MIC.

Later at a press conference, Ahmad Zahid said Umno and Barisan lawmakers would ensure that all decisions would be agreed upon en bloc.

“We reject any move to hold any discussion to form a back door government. Full stop,” he said.

To a question whether Umno MPs were allowed to meet any Pakatan Harapan leaders, Ahmad Zahid said such meetings would be through proper party channels.

He said Umno arrived at this decision during a recent meeting at a hotel in Kampung Baru.

“We have all agreed that any action will be en bloc, together and united. We are united in wanting to form the government only through the front door,” he said.

The Umno president also assured party members that the supreme council would look into ideas and ways to make the party relevant and appealing to the society, in line with the present political landscape.

“I pledge to navigate our ship towards the intended direction. It will not go off course, no matter how turbulent and challenging the situation,” he said.

“I will also ensure this ship will not be destroyed from within and will deal firmly with any infighting. We will sail together, in one direction, to ensure Umno returns to power.”

On Muafakat Nasional, Ahmad Zahid said there was good chemistry between Umno and PAS, which had made it easy for the two Malay-based parties to institutionalise cooperation.

“If we can continue with the existing understanding and cooperation with PAS and our friends from Barisan, I am confident that in GE15, we will be back in Putrajaya,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid also directed all supreme council members to go down and campaign for Barisan’s candidate in the upcoming Kimanis by-election.

He expressed hope that the Kimanis result would be as good as Barisan’s victories in Cameron Highlands, Rantau, Semenyih and Tanjung Piai.

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