Annuar launches scathing attack against Zahid.
Former Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa has claimed that Umno was currently preparing to work with DAP to form a new government.
Confirming this in a press conference today, Annuar said he had received news that “several top Umno leaders” had met with DAP to discuss a “new political movement”.
He also claimed that there was evidence, in black and white, that Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had pledged his support for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He was referring to a letter, dated Oct 11, 2020, which was allegedly issued to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong informing Zahid’s decision to back Anwar as the ninth prime minister.
Annuar confirmed the authenticity of the said letter.
“As a secretary-general (of BN), I hold to the party’s (Umno’s) official stand (not to cooperate with DAP or Anwar). These decisions (to work with DAP and support Anwar) have not been informed to the party. To me, this is something that goes against the party’s stand.”
He added that official party stands such as “No DAP”, “No Anwar” and en-bloc support to the Perikatan Nasional government and others were not respected.
Annuar also claimed that there were attempts by individuals in Umno to disrupt the stability of the PN-led government.
“I am consistent (istiqamah) to all party decisions, including the foundations of the party, which is to unite Malays and Muslims.
“This difference in opinion demands that I take a stand not to conspire with movements that are not in line with decisions made by the Umno Supreme Council Working Committee.
“With these differing principles, it is best that I do not support Zahid’s direction. As I am no longer BN secretary-general, I am free to make my stand based on my conscience.”
He said Zahid had been involved in repeated attempts to threaten the stability of the Perikatan Nasional Plus government which had affected the relationship between Umno, PAS and Bersatu.
These three parties, said Annuar, were the “core” of efforts to unite Malays and Muslims, but Zahid’s actions had worked against it.
“Past events have led to anxiety among party members and damaged the party’s reputation.
“The party is seen to have been drawn into a personal agenda,” said Annuar.
Although Annuar did not make it clear, it was likely that this was a veiled reference to the fact that the present government did not drop corruption charges against Zahid, which was initiated by the previous administration.
Annuar was sacked from his post as Barisan Nasional secretary-general yesterday, but was never formally informed of his removal.
When asked who else was involved apart from Zahid, Annuar remarked that said individuals comprised selected few who were elected within Umno’s supreme council.
Annuar later said he would leave it to the wisdom of the party’s supreme council, which will convene tonight to decide if they would work with DAP or Anwar.