Presidential council among Perikatan Nasional parties to be set up

PETALING JAYA: A presidential council with parties in the Perikatan Nasional government will be set up, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

The secretary-general of the secretariat of Perikatan Nasional parties said this was decided in a meeting among all the party leaders in the Perikatan Nasional government on Thursday (Dec 17).

“In the meeting, the parties in Perikatan Nasional agreed with one voice to set up a presidential council comprising party leaders as a platform to discuss government policies and to strengthen cooperation between the parties in government.

“To coordinate (matters of) the presidential council, a secretariat will be set up with all the secretary-generals of the parties in Perikatan Nasional, ” he said in a statement on Thursday.

He added that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had chaired the meeting among the party leaders.

The party leaders who attended the meeting were Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Umno president), Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS president), Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (MCA president), Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (Sarawak United Peoples' Party president) and Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (Parti Bersatu Sabah president).

Also in attendance were PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Parti Rakyat Sarawak deputy president Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president Arthur Joseph Kurup, Sabah Progressive Party deputy president Edward Dagul, Progressive Democratic Party vice-president Datuk Paul Igai, MIC secretary-general Datuk Asojan Muniyandy and STAR secretary-general Datuk Guan Dee Koh Hoi.

“In the meeting, the parties in the Perikatan Nasional government also discussed the formation of a strong political pact to create political stability for the rakyat’s welfare and the country’s prosperity, ” Hamzah said.

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