No to Anwar and DAP

KUALA LUMPUR: A majority of Umno lawmakers do not want to work with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP.

This was made known during a Barisan Nasional elected representatives meeting held to deliberate the way forward amidst current political uncertainty, said Padang Besar MP Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin.

Several lawmakers also raised their views on the possibility of a snap election being called, he added.

This stemmed from their unhappiness at how Umno had been treated by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with regard to the allocation of positions for the Umno leaders under his administration, he said.

However, Zahidi said that calls for Muhyiddin’s resignation did not crop up during the Barisan lawmakers’ meeting yesterday afternoon.“Among the loudest views was that the general election be held but we are now facing problems due to Covid-19.

“However, some 30 countries have held their general election amidst Covid-19, including New Zealand, ” he said.

Political gathering: Hishammuddin arriving for the Barisan lawmakers’ meeting at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, which Zahidi (below, in this file photo) also attended. — Raja Faisal Hishan/The StarPolitical gathering: Hishammuddin arriving for the Barisan lawmakers’ meeting at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, which Zahidi (below, in this file photo) also attended. — Raja Faisal Hishan/The Star

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

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

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

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 was also raised but all these will be discussed at the Umno Supreme council meeting later tonight (Monday night), ” he said.

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

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, ” said the Pekan MP.

The meeting comes following the King’s announcement on Sunday 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 Yang di-Pertuan Agong 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, Muhyiddin and several ministers presented the King with a proposed plan to declare a state of emergency.

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