Muhyiddin’s leadership expected to be discussed at Umno supreme council meeting on Monday (Oct 26) night


KUALA LUMPUR: The fate of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's Perikatan Nasional administration will depend on the Umno supreme council decision on Monday night (Oct 26).

The meeting has been scheduled at 8.30pm at Menara Dato Onn and comes after Barisan Nasional lawmakers had met earlier on Monday at a meeting involving Umno MPs.

Among the issues raised at the meeting earlier was on whether Barisan would continue its support for Muhyiddin and whether snap elections should be held.

When met after the three-hour meeting which began at about 12.30pm, Gua Musang MP Tan Sri Razaleigh Hamzah said many views were raised during the meeting including on Muhyiddin's leadership

"We discussed what is happening now. Views on Muhyiddin's leadership were also raised but all these will be discussed at the Umno supreme council meeting later tonight (Oct 26)," he said.

Asked if Umno and Barisan would move en-bloc, the stalwart Umno politician said that this would usually be the case.

"Normally, this is how we move," he said.

Padang Besar MP Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said that although calls for Muhyiddin's resignation did not crop up during the meeting, several lawmakers had raised their views on a possibility of a snap election being called.

He said this stemmed from their unhappiness at how Umno had been treated by Muhyiddin with regards to the allocation of positions to Umno leaders under his administration.

"Among the loudest views is a call for a general election but we are now facing problems due to Covid-19. However, some 30 countries have held their general elections amidst Covid-19, including New Zealand," he said.

He said the lawmakers also wanted to know how best to hold a snap election if the Covid-19 situation was brought under control.

Zahidi then added that the majority of Umno lawmakers also voiced their agreement against working with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP.

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that no decision was made at the afternoon meeting as it was held to allow Barisan lawmakers to raise their views.

"We only got the views of Barisan MPs on their stand and direction in which the party should take.

Whatever it is, the final decision will be made by the supreme council later (tonight)," the Pekan MP said.

Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said that no decision was made at the meeting and the question of Muhyddin's resignation did not arise.

"We discussed how to move forward," he said, adding that any decision made must be done for the good of the nation and people.

The meeting comes following the King's announcement on Sunday (Oct 25) that there was no need to declare a state of emergency in the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic after consulting the Malay Rulers.

The King also reminded all politicians, particularly lawmakers, to immediately put a stop to all forms of politicking that could disrupt the stability of the country, adding that he had confidence in the current administration in dealing with Covid-19.

On Friday (Oct 23), Muhyiddin and several ministers presented the King with a proposed plan to declare a state of emergency.

It was learned that leaders of Perikatan Nasional and Muafakat Nasional parties had met Muhyiddin prior to his meeting with the King.

Talk has been rife recently on social media that Muhyiddin no longer commands the majority in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat following attempts to oust him.

This comes after PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's recent claims of having “strong and convincing” support to take over the government.

This is also coupled by recent notices of motions of no confidence against the Prime Minister submitted by five former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia lawmakers including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several Parti Amanah Negara MPs before the start of Dewan Rakyat this Nov 2.

Muhyiddin had chaired a special Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya on Monday (Oct 26) to discuss the King's announcement not to declare an emergency.

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