Hot issues expected to be raised at Umno supreme council meeting on Sunday (April 25)

PETALING JAYA: The Umno supreme council meeting on Sunday (April 25) afternoon will discuss the pending party elections and the decision of Umno ministers to remain with the Perikatan Nasional government, said a source.

The source also said there may even be a push for all its MPs to step down, to send a signal to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) that Umno means business.

As this would be the first meeting after the general assembly in March which saw the raising of several "hot issues", the source added that this is an important one for the supreme council.

"I think every supreme council member will be present as there are many issues to be discussed.

"One issue is the party elections, due this June.

"As Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is facing charges in court, there is a need for us to be proactive and decide if we should hold the elections as soon as possible to ensure there is (continuity of) leadership," said the source.

The matter of Umno ministers not resigning from the Perikatan government despite being asked to do so by Ahmad Zahid at the general assembly is also expected to come up.

"I am sure this matter will be raised, perhaps in subtle hints by the supreme council members.

"However, it is the fasting month, so we do not expect a fiery meeting, as it will be held before breaking of fast," the source added.

The meeting is scheduled for 3pm at Umno headquarters at PWTC in KL.

At the Umno general assembly on March 28, Ahmad Zahid said all Umno ministers in the Perikatan government must resign if the Umno supreme council decides to cut ties with Bersatu.

However, after a meeting with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin the next day, the Umno ministers and deputy ministers said they would not be resigning as there was no party resolution for them to do so.

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