Zahid says Ismail Sabri to face 'consequences' for going against Umno supreme council


Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. -Bernama filepic

PETALING JAYA: There will be “consequences” for Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob over his apparent support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, says party president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid told news portal The Vibes that Ismail Sabri had agreed with the Umno supreme council’s decision on Tuesday (Aug 3) to withdraw its support for Muhyiddin and pull out of the Perikatan Nasional government.

On Wednesday (Aug 4), however, Ismail Sabri stood behind Muhyiddin during the live telecast of the Prime Minister’s special address.

“He was at the meeting (on Tuesday) and told the supreme council members he will follow the party’s decision,” Ahmad Zahid was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

Ahmad Zahid said the supreme council will follow the party’s constitution in taking action against Ismail Sabri.

“There will be consequences for his appearance (with Muhyiddin), where he is not supporting the party’s decision.

“I will leave it to the disciplinary board,” he said.

During Wednesday's address, Muhyiddin said there was no need for him to resign as he still enjoyed majority support in the Dewan Rakyat despite Umno's withdrawal.

Muhyiddin added that he will prove it through a motion of confidence in Parliament in September.

This followed an audience with the King at Istana Negara the same day.

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