IT is now official!
Umno announced that it is withdrawing support from the Perikatan Nasional Government and would present its decision to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong soon.
“The decision is agreed upon unanimously by the supreme council. We are no longer in support of Perikatan and Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Yassin’s leadership,” said its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in a press conference after chairing a high-level meeting.
Among those present were former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.
Earlier just now, a source told FocusM that Umno was no longer in support of Perikatan and Zahid;s decision received unanimous support from all supreme council members.
At the same time, Umno MP Datuk Seri Shamsul Anuar Nasarah announced his resignation as the Energy and Natural Resources Minister, adding he was abiding by his party’s decision.
Touching on the matter, Zahid said that his party could not longer support a Government that is failing the people during a crisis, while showing disregard to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the same time.
“The Agong has decreed several times for the Emergency and its ordinances (EO) to be debated at the Parliament in the last session, as per Article 150 (3) of the Federal Constitution.
“And Mahiaddin’s statement today clearly shows that he has little regard to His Majesty’s decree. In fact, I believe the prime minister is turning the whole thing into a mockery,” the former deputy prime minister opined.
With that, Zahid urged Mahiaddin to take responsibility for his actions and relinquish his position honourably.
“All Umno leaders have endorsed this decision by signing letters of support, which has been presented to the Agong,” the Bagan Datuk MP remarked.
This morning, Mahiaddin announced that the Cabinet would deliberate on tabling a motion to debate the Emergency and revoke its ordinances (EO) in a meeting on Wednesday Aug 4.
However, he said that the motion would only be tabled at Parliamentary sitting scheduled next month.
“We were unable to table the motion as per the Cabinet’s advise to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the last sitting.
“But with the Emergency ended two days ago, the issue doesn’t arise again. Therefore, the Cabinet hopes that we can resolve the matter tomorrow harmoniously and according to the rule of law,” Mahiaddin was reported saying. – Aug 3, 2021.