PETALING JAYA: Two Umno ministers have denied pledging support for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim after a letter to this effect purportedly addressed to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong made the rounds on social media.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, in declaring his stance, made a reference to Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s remarks that he would not stop any MPs from Barisan Nasional from supporting Anwar as prime minister.
“If the viral letter was real, I was never informed about it and it is not my stance as an Umno member.
“I want to state here clearly, that I do not support Anwar as prime minister. I’m consistent - No Anwar, No DAP,” he said in a Facebook post Saturday (Oct 17).
A similar remark was made by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who stated that the Umno president did not speak on his behalf.
“I am not supporting Anwar to become prime minister. I hope other Umno MPs will make their position clear.
"Let’s see then who has the numbers,” he tweeted on Saturday (Oct 17).
The stance declared by the two Umno ministers came following a viral letter claiming that Umno had pledged the unwavering support of its 32 MPs for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s candidacy as prime minister.
Zahid and Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan have since denied the authenticity of the letter, declaring that the party would stand strongly by the decision of the Umno supreme council to strengthen Barisan Nasional and secure Muafakat Nasional.
The denials came following reports that Zahid had co-signed a letter to the Palace with former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s endorsement, saying that Umno would support Anwar as the next prime minister.
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