Najib denies Umno-DAP partnership underway

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Former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has denied allegations that the party is working out a political collaboration with DAP.

In a Facebook posting believed to be aimed at Ketereh member of parliament Tan Sri Annuar Musa, Najib said one should not make such accusations because of disagreements or being sacked from a position.

Annuar was removed as Barisan Nasional’s secretary-general yesterday, believed to be due to his support for the Perikatan Nasional government led by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

He held a press conference earlier today to explain the reasons behind the sacking, as well as throwing a slew of accusations against Umno, including the party’s plans to form a political cooperation with DAP.

He also claimed he was unceremoniously removed from the BN post yesterday and said it should have been done with proper procedures.

Both BN component parties, MCA and MIC also were left in the dark over Annuar’s sacking and only knew via news reports.

Najib, who is also Pekan MP, said Umno’s leadership and grassroots were dead set against any collaboration with DAP.

“If you are not satisfied because you have been sacked or disagree with the grassroots and almost all of the division chiefs’ opposition against Bersatu, then there is no need to hold a special press conference and make various accusations to worsen the situation.

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“Why would Umno want to work with DAP, since a majority of the grassroots and division chiefs have rejected DAP?”

Accompanying the post, Najib also posted a news article on Annuar’s claims that there was a section within Umno working together with DAP to form a new government.

In response to Najib, Annuar on his Twitter account posted: “Slander? …fortunately, it did not happen…try check the diary on October 17, friends.”

It is believed that Annuar is referring to a letter allegedly to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Najib, which stated that they and several Umno MPs were retracting their support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and were instead backing PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The letter was widely shared on October 17, 2020.

Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has told Annuar not to drag DAP into his political tussle with Umno.

Lim also told Free Malaysia Today (FMT) he has communicated with Annuar more than with Zahid and Najib.

He said the communications had been for the Federal Territories Minister to meet with Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs from Kuala Lumpur to talk about issues relating to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which never materialised.

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“Don’t drag us into this, don’t use us as a pretext to save your own political skin. This is wrong and dishonest,” Lim was quoted as saying.

He labelled Annuar a “desperado” over the claim.

Lim said that political cooperation between Umno and DAP was highly unlikely due to the incompatible ideologies of both parties.

“Annuar’s pursuit of his racist and extremist philosophy for his political survival is an anathema to the DAP because it is exclusive and un-Malaysian,” Lim added.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke has also rubbished Annuar’s claim.

“No negotiation was ever held between Umno and DAP,” Loke was quoted as saying.


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