Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has denied claims that he is leaving Umno, together with 30 MPs, to become an independent.
Hishammuddin said the rumours which had been circulating in the social media were baseless and advised party members not to dance to the tune of some quarters.
In a report by Malay daily Berita Harian, the Sembrong MP claimed that rumour of his exit was generated internally by Umno.
“No one can bribe me and the post is not important to me. What is most important is the party and race (Malays).”
Today’s rumours have linked the remaining Umno MPs who were allegedly planning to convince their colleagues to quit the party.
There were also claims that Hishammuddin would be appointed as Deputy Prime Minister.
Last month, there was speculation that he would leave Umno following his two-hour meeting with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya.
Around the same time, two Umno MPs, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (Jeli) and Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (Kimanis), resigned from the party.
Recently, Hishammuddin also refuted a report that the Pakatan Harapan government asked for his help to restore ties between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
“The report is incorrect. To my knowledge, the relationship between the prime minister (Dr Mahathir Mohamad), Putrajaya and all Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, is good,” he told Bernama on Oct 6.
It was earlier reported that Putrajaya had turned to Hishammuddin to help mend fractured ties with Riyadh.