PETALING JAYA: I told the King that Umno wants Parliament to be convened and the state of Emergency not be continued after Aug 1, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Umno president said that he also raised the issues of people's livelihood and the economy with the King during his one-hour long meeting at Istana Negara which ended at about 11.15am on Friday (June 11) morning.
He, however, said that there was no discussion on the National Operations Council (Mageran) with the King.
Ahmad Zahid said this to the media outside Istana Negara.
“I was asked to meet The King, the same with the other party presidents.
“The discussion was related to the interests of the people. I have presented Umno's stand to Yang Dipertuan Agong that we do not want the Emergency to continue after Aug 1 and the damage is bigger even with the state of Emergency.
“The government can manage the issues of the people even without an Emergency.
“Umno also brought up the issues of people who are worried about the pandemic as it has affected their livelihoods.
“Umno stands that Parliament should convene to ensure the democratic system is upheld and there is accountability as well as check and balance in all aspects on the country’s administration.
"Umno feels that the Parliament is a very important official platform to voice the grouses of the people such as moratoriums, high price increases, iSinar and iLestari and other assistances which is not limited to B40 but also involves M40. Even T20 are affected, ” said Ahmad Zahid.
He said that he also stated that he conveyed to the King that the economic aspects such as foreign and domestic direct investments should get more government incentives.
“We did not talk about the NOC and this is something that is abnormal as the Emergency should have been used for this but then was used for other reasons, said Ahmad Zahid.
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had earlier arrived at 9.54am at the Istana Negara after being granted an audience by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He slowed down his vehicle and waved to the media before entering the gates of Istana.
The King is also expected to grant audiences to the leaders of MIC and Sabah's PBS on Friday (June 11).
His Majesty had met Parti Pejuang Tanah Air pro tem chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, PAS deputy president Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
These meetings were followed by audiences with PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.
Gabungan Parti Sarawak is expected to have a video audience with the King next Monday (June 14). Earlier this week, the King had scheduled audiences with several political leaders beginning Wednesday (June 9), where it is believed that they are deliberating the current political landscape amidst the Emergency Proclamation that is due to expire on Aug 1.
After meeting with political leaders, Istana Negara had stated on Tuesday that the King will hold another special meeting involving the Malay Rulers on Wednesday (June 16), which is the second such meeting being held by the King.