Umno wants Parliament to convene during Emergency

PETALING JAYA: Umno supreme council wants the Perikatan Nasional government to allow Parliament to sit during the state of emergency, says Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

He said that Parliament and state assemblies could convene in line with a statement by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al- Mustafa Billah Shah.

(In February, the King decreed that Parliament can convene during the current Emergency.)

“The trust of foreign investors will continue to erode if parliamentary democracy is suspended to the extent of a loss of good governance due to no check-and-balance, ” he claimed.

Special SOP could be drawn up to allow for such sittings, he added.

In a statement issued after a supreme council meeting yesterday, Ahmad said that Umno’s top leaders had also decided to send a letter to the Registrar of Societies and the National Security Council to ask for guidelines in conducting the Umno polls due to be held this year.

This was to ensure that the Umno polls, which will involve divisions and wings and 3.3 million members, would be held smoothly amid the Covid-19 pandemic, he said.

Ahmad said the Umno supreme council also held the view that the government should set up a royal inquiry to look into allegations contained in the recent memoir of former attorney general Tan Sri Tommy Thomas.

Earlier, supreme council member Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said the meeting had discussed the party polls but decided to focus more on the problems of the people.

“We want to ensure that if we hold the party polls, it must be done smoothly.

“There was no push from any of the supreme council members for the party polls to be expedited. We want to focus on the problems faced by the people, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

”We decided earlier that Umno will remain a part of the Perikatan government until the dissolution of the Parliament. That was the decision of the recent Umno annual general assembly and we will stick to that, ” said Tajuddin.

Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin also said that the meeting ended amicably and no one was sacked.

“We did not sack anyone. We are not a party of ‘sackers’, ” he said.

The meeting was chaired by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan called in sick due to a minor tonsillitis surgery.

Yesterday’s Umno supreme council meeting was the first after a fiery annual general assembly which saw the push by Ahmad Zahid to get Umno ministers to leave the Perikatan government.

Umno ministers, however, held on to their posts.

An audio clip, allegedly between Ahmad Zahid and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, went viral soon after, fuelling talks of a split within the Umno supreme council.

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