UMNO Youth chief denies issuing a letter to its party to leave unity gov’t

UMNO Youth chief Dr Akmal Saleh denied that a viral letter purportedly from UMNO Youth calling for an emergency meeting to discuss the party’s exit from the unity government is fake.He also denied issuing such a letter, adding that he was notified of the fake letter by a close friend on Saturday (Dec 30) morning.“While some of us on the East Coast are facing hardship due to the floods, let’s avoid engaging in such cheap politics,” he penned on his Facebook page.Moreover, Akmal also stated the focus now should be on helping the flood victims instead of spreading baseless accusations that do not benefit anyone.“Don’t let the people grow weary of politicians.”The fake letter claims that UMNO Youth called on the party’s supreme council to discuss its exit from the unity government after the DAP Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo suggested the need to include non-Muslims in the special committee to study the proposal to strengthen the Shariah Court’s role.

Last week, Akmal risked controversy over the Johor state government, dismissing a demand by an Amanah delegate for a unity government to be formed in Johor.He was commenting on Johor Amanah delegate Zuhan Zaid’s call for the party to send a “signal” to demand the formation of a unity government at the state level.Akmal then said the Barisan Nasional-led Johor government is already stable and functioning well.“More importantly, the people want to see that the current state government can function effectively and the benefits they can reap from it,” he told reporters after launching UMNO Youth’s flood relief mission to Kelantan. – Dec 30, 2023

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