The Umno supreme council meeting expected to be held this evening will decide if the party and Barisan Nasional (BN) will continue supporting the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin or otherwise.
Pasir Salak member of parliament Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman confirmed the matter would be decided during the meeting.
“The supreme council meeting is more important (than the emergency meeting chaired by Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with MPs from BN). They will make the decision,” he told reporters when met at the lobby of Menara Dato Onn in Putra World Trade Centre.
Umno Advisory Council chairman Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah explained that the emergency meeting which convened earlier today was to gauge views from BN MPs on current issues, including the country’s political developments and the position of the coalition.
Other matters raised during the emergency meeting included the decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Sunday not to declare a state of emergency nationwide or in parts of the country.
“It (the King’s decision) was a good and wise decision,” the Gua Musang MP said.
Pressed further on what was discussed during the emergency meeting, Tengku Razaleigh said: “All matters will be discussed tonight. Normally, the action that will be adopted by the party is based on ‘en bloc’ basis.”
He gave an indication that Umno support for Muhyiddin Yassin’s government may not be 100 percent.
Asked about the percentage of Umno support for Perikatan Nasional, he replied: “I’m not good at maths.”
The Umno veteran has been lobbying for a motion of no-confidence against Muhyiddin to be debated in Parliament.
He also said that seeking an emergency declaration meant Muhyiddin had lost the majority support.
The prime minister losing support could lead to snap elections if no other leader can prove they have the numbers to form a government.
Previously, BN secretary-general Annuar Musa had said that an emergency was necessary to avoid snap elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, Padang Besar MP Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said among matters discussed during the emergency meeting included whether there was a need to negotiate with Muhyiddin on the direction of the government.
“There were many views given.
“One of the strongest was that we renegotiate with Muhyiddin because there are so many posts given to Bersatu,” he said.
He also said BN MPs had discussed withdrawing support for Muhyiddin.
“We did discuss withdrawing support for Muhyiddin. There were other views also. But the majority view was no Anwar, no DAP,” he said, referring to the PKR leader who had said he had the numbers to form a federal government.
“In the current situation there were voices among the MPs who said we should continue to engage Muhyiddin,” he said.
When asked about the possibility of a snap general election, Zahidi said the strongest view during the meeting was that having the polls would be the best way forward.
“However, now we have the Covid-19 problem,” he added.
Sembrong MP Hishammuddin Hussein said the meeting discussed the best way for the party to move forward in the current situation.
“The meeting was good…but there was no decision on Muhyiddin quitting. We discussed how to move forward.
“We have to find a way. Whatever the decision, it is going to be made for the good of the people and the country,” the foreign minister said.
Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the meeting was held to obtain views from BN lawmakers on the coalition’s position and direction.
“We did not come to any decision.
“The meeting just now was held to exchange views among MPs. And as a member of (coalition partner Umno), we are subject to the decision of the party. We hold to its principles and we cannot be divided.
“Umno must act as one (political) bloc. These were among the views that were supported by all parties (attendees of the emergency meeting).
“Nevertheless, any decision will be made by the Supreme Council tonight,” he told reporters.
When pressed further on whether there was a proposal for Umno to urge Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to dissolve Parliament, Najib replied: “No decision.
The council is set to meet at 8.30pm tonight.