Some Umno leaders pushing for snap polls


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  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: Several Umno leaders are pushing for a snap election after claims that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has a strong majority to form the Federal Government.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said it was important for the government to have a strong mandate, with the support of more than 130 MPs to administer the country.

“The current 113:109 Parliament seats are not stable. The way out? Return to the people and hold snap polls, ” he said in a statement yesterday.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Anwar claimed that he had “a strong, formidable majority” to form the next Federal Government.

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also said on Wednesday that he received information that many Umno and Barisan Nasional MPs had voiced support for Anwar.

On concerns about holding snap elections during the Covid-19 pandemic, Ahmad Maslan said a strict standard operating procedure (SOP) could be imposed similar to what was done in South Korea and Singapore, which held their national polls recently.

Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz also concurred, saying that snap elections would be the best way to determine the support of the people.

Senior Umno minister and Ketereh lawmaker Tan Sri Annuar Musa said that “there is no way that Anwar will be the prime minister no matter how many MPs or from which party will support him”.

“Let us settle Sabah state election first and then we should let the rakyat make their choice once and for all, ” he said.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said talks that Anwar had the majority to form the government was not something new or shocking.

“Such propaganda has been made by Anwar repeatedly before in April 2008, September 2008 and February 2020.

“If he really enjoys two-thirds support of the Dewan Rakyat, please reveal it to the public, how many lawmakers are supporting him including those from Umno who have betrayed the party.

“Personally, Umno should not even entertain the propaganda by Anwar. I believe that the main aim of his press conference was to distract the focus especially nearing the Sabah state election, ” said the Umno Sembrong MP.

He warned Umno to be wary of Anwar’s tactic and the danger of supporting him.

“This is because it will give DAP the opportunity to be in power and bring harm to the interest of religion, race and nation, ” said the former Umno vice-president.

Hishammuddin said that the party should instead focus its effort to win the Sabah state elections.

“My principle is clear and firm, I agreed to join the Cabinet based on the principle and support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to lead the country, ” he said.

“In any form of uncertainty, all Cabinet ministers and government lawmakers must support the prime minister.

“Let us not hold a senior government post, enjoy all the perks, but at the same time do not support the current leadership.

“However, if any members of the government are determined to withdraw their support from the current government, it is best to resign.

“We have to focus our efforts to rebuild the country and not get involved in a political ploy that will not bring any benefits.”

Meanwhile, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid strongly denied allegations that he was involved in forming a new government with Anwar as reported on several online portals.

The report had revealed a group of at least 19 Umno lawmakers who are purportedly supporting Anwar as the next prime minister.

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