Umno decides: No cooperation with either Anwar or DAP (updated)

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno has rejected the idea of supporting either Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim or rival political party DAP.

At the same time, its support for the Perikatan Nasional government remains as status quo, the party’s supreme council decided at a meeting that ended in the wee hours of Tuesday (Oct 27).

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the supreme council remains steadfast with its previous decision that it will not cooperate with PKR or DAP.

“Umno MPs will continue to support Perikatan government.

“Umno believes that the cooperation with Perikatan government can be further improved based on respect and political consensus," he said in a statement after the meeting ended.

The party also suggests that the national reconciliation agenda be expediated by encouraging the participation of all political parties under Perikatan government as well as with Opposition parties, said Zahid.

He added that Umno also wants the government to take a more inclusive approach that moves beyond parties’ ideological differences in the fight against Covid-19 as well as its negative impact on the economy.

"Umno also express its deepest appreciation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for not declaring a state of emergency for the country.

"We will also uphold the stand of the King and the Malay Rulers to ease political tensions by declaring a political ceasefire to ensure the country's political stability can be maintained," he said.

This was the decision made by the supreme council meeting.

The meeting ended past midnight and supreme council members left without speaking to the press.

The Umno supreme council’s highly anticipated meeting was to discuss the fate of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's administration.

It began Monday (Oct 26) night after a scheduled meeting in Janda Baik, Pahang, last week was cancelled.

Zahid had been present at Menara Dato Onn at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) since afternoon, where he attended the Barisan Nasional lawmakers meeting earlier Monday.

Also present were deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and vice presidents Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin.

Others present were supreme council members Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan and Datuk Seri Ahmad Said, among others.

Earlier, Barisan lawmakers had a meeting and one item on the agenda was said to be whether the Prime Minister should step down.

"I want to hear Barisan's position first," said Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said when met before attending the meeting at Menara Datuk Onn.

Hishammuddin was among several Barisan ministers who rushed over to PWTC to attend the discussion after meeting Muhyiddin, who chaired a special Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya earlier.

It was learned that the meeting was a pre-council meeting involving Barisan MPs to discuss matters before the start of Dewan Rakyat on Nov 2.

The meeting comes at the backdrop of the King' 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.

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