PETALING JAYA: A group of Umno MPs attended a meeting on Sunday night to affirm their support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, says Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
The Padang Rengas MP said the meeting at the Defence Ministry’s Wisma Perwira was following Barisan Nasional executive secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz’s statement that there was no such support by the coalition’s MPs.
He said the meeting was called by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, who is also Umno vice-president.
“We want to negate the statement by Sahfri because who is Sahfri to claim that there is no such thing (support)?
“That’s why Ismail Sabri, being our vice-president, called for a meeting at Wisma Perwira.
“We just want to say we support the Perikatan Nasional government,” said Nazri.
He added that no statutory declarations or declaration letters in support of Muhyiddin to stay as Prime Minister were signed.
Meanwhile, Umno supreme council member Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi hit out at Ismail Sabri for holding the clandestine meeting, reminding him that he was only a vice-president.
“Ismail Sabri is not the president or the deputy president. He is also not Barisan chairman.
“Ismail Sabri is the Deputy Prime Minister. But this is not a ticket for him to bulldoze the Umno president and Barisan chairman,” said Mohd Puad.
He added that any meeting with Umno and Barisan lawmakers require prior agreement from its respective chairman and president.
“How can the vice-president hold a meeting at the same time when the president holds another meeting on the same date and the same time?
“What more if a matter touches on the party policies and decisions that have already been made by the supreme council.
“There cannot be two leaders (on the same boat). Umno will be split,” he said.
Kelantan Umno liaison chief Datuk Ahad Jazlan Yaakub said they would push for Muhyiddin to resign as Prime Minister as the Pagoh MP must be held responsible over the ongoing constitutional fiasco.
He said the statement by Istana Negara did more than just reveal that the King did not consent to the revocation of the Emergency Ordinances as announced by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan in Dewan Rakyat on July 26.
“The King clearly stated that the Emergency Ordinances must be debated in Parliament as enshrined in Article 150(3) of the Federal Constitution,” he said.