Padang Rengas Umno withdraws support for Muhyiddin as PM


KUALA LUMPUR: Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has withdrawn his support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, further reducing support for the Perikatan Nasional government.

The Padang Rengas Umno division chief said that his decision was made based on the mandate given by party grassroots.

"Therefore, I would like to announce that I as the Padang Rengas division chief and the Padang Rengas MP withdraw my support for Muhyiddin to form the current government," he said during a press conference at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Tuesday (Jan 12).

On Saturday (Jan 9), Barisan Nasional’s Machang MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub was the first Barisan lawmaker to withdraw his support towards Perikatan Nasional and Muhyiddin as Prime Minister.

Prior to Ahmad Jazlan’s announcement, Perikatan possessed a razor-thin 111 majority in Parliament, after taking into account Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s refusal to back Muhyiddin as Prime Minister.

On Wednesday (Jan 6), Umno dropped a bombshell after its supreme council meeting said a motion to sever ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will be decided in the Jan 31 Umno general assembly.

Nazri said he had made the decision after thinking about it for a long time and believed that it was in the interest of the party.

"With my announcement, it means that Muhyiddin has support from 109 MPs," he said, predicting that more Umno lawmakers will make similar announcement in the near future.

Nazri also did not dismissed the possibility that the Umno General Assembly scheduled on Jan 31 will likely be postponed.

"That is why I have to make the announcement. Actually, I believe the supreme council has already accepted the motion to sever ties with Bersatu during the general election. The party AGM is only to formalise the decision," he said.

Nazri also clarified that his announcement does not mean that he is asking for a general election immediately.

"We just want to inform, this government has 109 MPs behind it," he said.

Earlier, the King had agreed to declare a state of emergency nationwide until Aug 1 as a proactive measure to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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