- July 6, 2021
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- Category: Daily News
- UMNO Supreme Councillor Mohd Puad Zarkashi is confident the party will leave the Perikatan Nasional government before 1 Aug 21, reports Sinar Harian.
- The former Batu Pahat MP said the majority of the council members were ready to quit the government.
- However, UMNO president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s move to take the party out of the ruling coalition has met with resistance from many of the party MPs.
- Over the last 24 hours, Zahid has engaged with the lawmakers over the UMNO decision to quit the coalition while dissenting MPs have met over the weekend to discuss their options.
- On 21 Jun 21, the UMNO political bureau led by Zahid had issued an ultimatum to the PN government to convene Parliament within 14 days. The deadline expired on 5 Jul 21. The prime minister did not convene the legislature within the time period, but he has since announced that parliament will meet on 26 Jul 21.
- Puad said that will have no effect on the party’s plan to part ways with PN.
- “We also need to distance ourselves from the government because the people already think that the Covid-19 infection statistics and emergency were simply ploys to avoid Parliament and defend the failed government,” Nur Jazlan, Johor UMNO deputy liaison chairman said.
- The emergency did not only fail to curb Covid-19 infections, it also caused deaths from infection to rise to above 5,000, a virus death toll higher than China’s, he said.
- He urged Muhyiddin to prove his majority in the coming parliamentary session.
- Any UMNO MP who disagrees with the party line can vote for Muhyiddin then, he said.
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