PETALING JAYA: More Umno MPs may announce their withdrawal of support for the Perikatan Nasional government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the coming days, says Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
According to Nazri, he believes that Machang MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub’s recent announcement to withdraw support for Perikatan might be a triggering factor for other Umno MPs to follow suit.
“I believe many other MPs will do that in the coming days. Just wait and see.”
“A majority of Umno divisions have passed a resolution not to work with ‘bunga’ (flower) for the general election and the Umno MPs, who are also division heads in their constituencies, can act on the basis of support from the grassroots,” he said, referring to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s flower logo.
However, Nazri remained coy when asked whether he would withdraw support for the Perikatan government.
“Just wait and see. I also don’t know yet. When the time comes, I will make a decision, ” he said.
Nazri also said Ahmad Jazlan’s withdrawal of support for Perikatan is understandable.
“Ahmad Jazlan’s division has met and passed a resolution to withdraw support for the Muhyiddin administration.
“He has the support of his grassroots. To me, that is understandable, ” Nazri added.
Ahmad Jazlan during his announcement to withdraw support for Perikatan on Saturday (Jan 9) also said that his move would reduce Perikatan’s parliamentary majority to 110.
He said this was based after taking into account Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s withdrawal of support for Perikatan.
Tengku Razaleigh has never openly withdrawn his support, as the Gua Musang MP only abstained from voting in favour of Budget 2021 in Parliament last month.
There are 220 MPs in the 222-seat Parliament following the death of former Batu Sapi MP Datukl Liew Vui Keong and Gerik MP Datuk Hasbullah Osman.
Prior to Ahmad Jazlan’s announcement, Barisan Nasional had 42 MPs in support of Perikatan, consisting of 38 from Umno, MCA (two), MIC (one), PBRS (1).
On Wednesday (Jan 6), Umno said that following a supreme council meeting, a motion to sever ties with Bersatu will be decided in the Jan 31 Umno general assembly.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said 143 out of Umno's 191 divisions had told the party leadership that they did not want to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election.