Umno supreme council to have first meeting since Cabinet formed


PETALING JAYA: The Umno supreme council will meet on Thursday (Dec 8) night, its first meeting since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced his Cabinet line-up.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Umno supreme council member Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi (pic) said this would be the first meeting since six Umno members were selected for Anwar's Cabinet.

The six are Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir, Law and Institutional Reforms Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin and International Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

"Tonight (Dec 8) is the Umno supreme council meeting.

“This is the first meeting since Zahid Hamidi, Tok Mat, Dr Zambry, Azalina, Khaled Nordin and Tengku Zafrul joined Anwar's Cabinet,” he said.

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However, he did not mention the time or venue for the meeting.

Puad added that the Umno supreme council must remain as a guide and a check and balance to the government and that there will be no compromise on that.

“The government needs to be urged to speed up the formation of Royal Commissions of Inquiry (RCI) involving former attorney general Tommy Thomas’ memoir, the Tabung Haji issue, and Pulau Batu Puteh, among others,” he said.

He said Perikatan Nasional cannot object to such probes, and that it must be open to being investigated.

“Perikatan must be open to a detailed investigation into the alleged financial mismanagement during former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s administration.

“This is not about revenge or abuse of power. It’s about finding out the truth,” he said.

On Monday (Dec 5), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had said there were several serious lapses in the alleged RM600bil expenditure.

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Muhyiddin, who was also Perikatan Nasional chairman, has since said that he had never embezzled or misused funds meant to help the people and that if he did, investigations would have started a long time ago.

On Tuesday (Dec 6), Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki announced that the commission had opened an investigation into the allegations.

Representatives from Parti Amanah Negara, led by national mobility chief Mohd Sany Hamzan also submitted a memorandum to Istana Negara on Thursday, urging for an RCI into the expenditure claims.

The memorandum was accepted by Istana Negara corporate communications officer Husni Yusof.

Speaking to the media outside Istana Negara, Mohd Sany said that no one was above the law.

"We urge the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to establish an RCI to investigate this RM600bil.

"Today, we have sent a memorandum so that this RCI can be made quickly because we want to know.

"This is the public's money and we need to know how this money was spent," he said.

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