PETALING JAYA: There is a movement to collect statutory declarations (SD) from lawmakers in order to form a new government, says Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.
However, he added that he was not among the lawmakers approached by those behind the movement.
"I have heard about them (the SDs). I do not deny their existence.
"There are indeed such efforts... but some colleagues and I have not been approached to sign anything," the Pontian MP said in an interview with Malaysia Post on Sunday night (June 20).
At its general assembly in March, Umno gave its supreme council the mandate to withdraw support for the Perikatan Nasional government at any time it sees fit. Umno has 14 ministers and deputy ministers in the Cabinet.
Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said this was the indication the party leadership received from the general assembly if the general election was not forthcoming.
Ahmad Zahid said once at least 80% of the population has been vaccinated against Covid-19, there should be no reason not to hold a general election to obtain a fresh mandate.
On Umno's own elections, Ahmad Maslan said it is up to the supreme council to decide on the date.
He said based on the current Covid-19 situation, any decision on the party elections will also be based upon the advice of the Registrar of Societies, National Security Council and Health Ministry.
"I already have the answer (on the party polls) but I cannot share it here at the moment.
"It is up to the majority decision of the supreme council.
"If we have a majority decision, we will announce it," he added.
According to Umno’s constitution, the supreme council has the prerogative to postpone the party polls up to 18 months from the date when the election is supposed to be held.
Ahmad Maslan said Umno has until June 30 to make a decision on the matter.
The Umno elections are held every three years, with the last one held on June 30, 2018. The current term of Umno’s office bearers is set to expire on June 30.