KUALA LUMPUR: All Umno Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and those who have been appointed heads of GLCs must resign from their posts immediately following the party’s decision to cut ties with Parti Bersatu Pribumi Malaysia (Bersatu), says Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (pic).
The Umno veteran said it was only right for them to do so in response to the decision made by the Umno supreme council.
“If they don’t, this means they are not with us, ” he said when met after Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi delivered his presidential address at the opening of the Umno general assembly on Sunday (March 28).
The Gua Musang MP said the message to break ties with Bersatu was loud and clear and Umno members in such posts cannot claim to be unclear about the decision.
He said as far as the party is concerned, this was the end of the subject and the issue cannot go on as grassroots members had called for an end to cooperation with Bersatu.
“I think the president has responded (properly) because the supreme council has already endorsed that decision.
“He is just reiterating the supreme council’s stand. It is very clear, ” he said.
When asked about the Muafakat Nasional pact between Umno and PAS, Razaleigh said it should continue because they started it together and the solidarity between them should be maintained.
He said Umno has nothing more to do with Perikatan Nasional after its decision to sever ties with Bersatu, and will have no choice but to face PAS in battle in the next general election if the latter decides to continue with Perikatan Nasional.
“If they are with us under Muafakat Nasional, then they too must separate themselves from Perikatan, ” he said.
However, he said he could not speak on PAS’ behalf, as to whether or not it will decide to be friend or foe.
“That’s a question you should be asking PAS, ” he said.